Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Eating Disorder Advocates of Ohio

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEWDAW) is February 22 through February 28. EDAO is sponsoring events around Cleveland, Canton and Akron throughout the week. Please see for a schedule of events.

On February 28th at 6:30 you can attend a premier showing of the new film America The Beautiful. It is Rated R so you might want to be careful with small children. You can use the website to purchase your $10 tickets.

Recent studies estimate that as many as ten million females and one million males in the United States suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia and bulimia.

In almost 40,000 media messages a year, youthful Americans are being told that, unless you look like supermodels and rock stars, you’re not good enough for anyone to love. This is a message that too many people are buying.

Filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a two year journey to examine America’s new obsession; physical perfection. In America the Beautiful, we learn secrets, confessions, and strikingly harsh realities as Roberts unearths the origins and deadly risks of our nation’s quest for physical perfection.

At the heart of America the Beautiful is the story of Gerren Taylor, a teenager who went from being an innocent 12 year old girl to being one of America’s next top supermodels. As she and her mother head down the windy road to stardom, viewers watch the dichotomy between Gerren's adolescent struggles and her adult “rights of passage” on the catwalks of Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger and other top designers. Her tumultuous quest acts as a mirror to the American psyche, and it becomes apparent how the same beauty that could jump-start her career could ultimately destroy her young life.

To find out what has America’s pre-teens standing in line for their turn on “I Want a Famous Face", and it’s adults on “Extreme Makeover,” Roberts dives deep into America's culture of fear, consumption, and idolatry for all things external; he seeks answers from celebrities, media, academia, as well as everyday Americans.

Follow Darryl as he asks Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Aisha Tyler, Anthony Kedis, Tisha Campbell, Julianne Moore, Michael Beach, Mena Suvari, Martin Short, as well as Ted Casablanca from the E! Channel and Susan Schulz, the Editor-in-Chief of CosmoGirl!, along with various other celebrities and experts in cosmetics, fashion, media, and self-esteem the major question at hand…

Does America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty?

As a counselor who deals with self-esteem issues in teens, I encourage all moms to check this out. It may give you new insight into your child's world.

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