UMCP Presents Movie, Discussion and "Great Jeans Giveaway" as Part of National Eating Disorders Week

Feb 11, 2008

As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP) invites the community to join experts from its Eating Disorders Program in exploring the link between body image and eating disorders with a film, a discussion and a "Great Jeans Giveaway." The free event takes place 7 p.m. Monday, February 25, at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St.

UMCP will screen "Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness," Jean Kilbourne's searing analysis of how advertising has warped the way women perceive their bodies and the devastating impact of that imagery on women's health. Using 150 ads, this lively 30-minute video offers a new way to think about life-threatening eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia as it explores the obsession of girls and women with dieting and thinness.

Following the film, UMCP Nutrition Therapist Stefanie Ginsburg, RD, and Eating Disorders Program Admissions Coordinator Cathy Soban will lead a discussion about the growing prevalence of eating disorders in American society and how people can become more at ease with their natural size.

Finally, inspired by the National Eating Disorders Association's (NEDA) annual "Great Jeans Giveaway," UMCP encourages people coming to the event to bring and donate a pair of their "too skinny" jeans. The Great Jeans Giveaway underscores NEDA's key message for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2008: "Be comfortable in your genes. Wear jeans that fit the TRUE you."

UMCP will donate any jeans collected at the event to a local shelter.

Too often, individuals struggle against their natural, genetically influenced size just to fit into that pair of "skinny jeans" in the back of their closets. Fighting your natural size and shape can lead to unhealthy dieting practices, poor body image and sometimes eating disorders.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week highlights the fact that body size and shape are strongly influenced by biological factors - such as genetics, while also calling attention to some of the new discoveries surrounding the role of genetics in the development of eating disorders.

For more information about the event at the library, or about UMCP's Eating Disorders Program, please contact Cathy Soban at 609.497.4000, ext. 6078.