By: Stephone Brown – Social Media Editor
Campus was filled with laughter and confidence as sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon (DPHiE) cheered on students participating in their #ANADweek events related to Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders from March 7-9.
Trash Your Insecurities, the Comfortable in Your Own Genes fashion show, and an ANAD Vigil were hosted in commemoration of Women’s History Month to promote self-love and body appreciation on campus.
“We wanted to give information about eating disorders and body image,” DPHiE Philanthropy Chair Joanne Iglesias said. Delta Phi Epsilon chose to focus on ANAD for Women’s History Month because anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness according to Eating Disorder Hope.
Trash Your Insecurities kicked off #ANADweek at WPU on March 7.
Students took turns writing down their insecurities on one paper and writing down something they loved about their self on another. Participants then literally trashed their insecurities and posted their positive traits on a self-love board.
DPHiE sisters and fellow Pioneers continued to promote healthy attitudes at the Comfortable in Your Own Genes fashion show fundraiser on March 8.
Ballroom A was a judgement-free zone as students strutted down a runway in jeans, evening gowns, and even sweatpants. Participants were encouraged to wear whatever made them comfortable about their body no matter what they had on.
Off-stage students were invited to finish the statement, “I am bbetter than Barbie because…” The statement was answered with responses such as, “Because I don’t need Ken,” “Because I am genuine,” and “Because I make my own decisions.”
Proceeds from the fashion show were donated to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) which started #ANADweek to promote greater awareness, education, understanding, and compassion for people suffering from an eating disorder.
William Paterson’s #ANADweek finished with an ANAD Vigil on March 9 held in remembrance of people who lost their lives and people suffering from anorexia and associated disorders.
DPHiE sisters and other students gathered at Zanfino Plaza to read poetry and shared the names of loved ones currently battling ANAD. Candles were lit in their honor as a moment of silence descended over the crowd.
The illness affects more than 30 million people of all ages and genders according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
Delta Phi Epsilon will continue to promote ANAD awareness and other disorders on campus throughout the year and encourage students to live positive lifestyles.