National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Courtesy of body of work

Feb. 26 to March 3 marks National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. In honor of the week, Harvard students and fellow collaborators have organized events with simple, yet profound, aims: to share their personal stories, increase awareness of eating disorders, and enable those struggling with eating disorders to find outlets through affordable treatment and art.

"body of work" is a gallery of student artwork and additional pieces from visiting artist Judith Shaw. The exhibit, organized by Kristen L. Cronon '12 and Zuri A. Sullivan '12, will take place on Thursday from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. in the SOCH gallery. It will feature a reception including talks from student artists and Shaw, whose work shares her experiences on her recovery from anorexia. The multimedia display will include art composed of unconventional materials such as corrugated cardboard and used eyeglasses, perched on wooden shipping crates instead of pedestals.

"There's a lot of dialogue about bodies and body image and sexuality circulating right now," Cronon said. She described the art in the show as depicting "messages related to the body and body vulnerability and recovery, recovery through creativity."

Another Harvard Square event recognizes National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, but focuses on raising awareness in another way—through froyo. On Saturday from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Pinkberry will donate 20 percent of all profits to Project HEAL, a non-profit co-founded by Kristina Saffran '14 that helps people with eating disorders afford treatment.

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