Have you ever looked in a mirror and wished for a different body? Have you ever thought your life would be easier if you were thinner? Have you ever wished for a place where the size and shape of your body were secondary to what’s inside your heart?
Last spring, my good friend Linda invited me and a whole bunch of other amazing artists from around the world to participate in a benefit art show for Ophelia’s Place – “a non-profit organization committed to empowering individuals, families, and communities to redefine beauty and health through initiatives that increase self-esteem, improve body image and introduce alternatives to dangerous desires for perfection; and to providing outreach, advocacy and educational services to those impacted by eating disorders, disordered eating and body dissatisfaction.”
*Did you know…
- in the United States, eating disorders are the 3rd most chronic illness in adolescent girls… after asthma and diabetes?
- 3 out of 4 women eat, think and behave abnormally around food?
- young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer, or losing their parents?
I sometimes fear that we’ve created a culture where beauty is defined by the visibility of our bones and the lowest possible numbers on the scales. For young girls in particular, those kinds of standards can set up a lifetime of self-defeating habits. There’s a growing movement to embrace “real” bodies and organizations like Ophelia’s Place are paving the way.
Change begins with each of us and I’m honored to be doing something to help. You can help too – join the Revolution for Change by signing the Ophelia’s Place pledge, then post it where you and others can see and be inspired by it.