Change the World, Not Your Body

As a part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, HOPE, CAPS, the Women's Center, and the UNL Eating Disorders Treatment Team will be bringing body-positive advocate, blogger, and mental health professional, Jes Baker to speak. Baker is internationally recognized for her writing on her blog, THE MILITANT BAKER, the “Attractive and Fat” campaign, and her dedication to shifting social paradigms into a place where all people are offered the opportunity to love themselves just as they are. She is also the voice behind the "Bodies Aren't Ugly; Bullying Is", Smash the Scale, and Lustworthy campaigns. In the “Attractive and Fat” campaign, Baker took on Abercrombie and Fitch’s exclusionary tactics. It drew coverage from CNN, The Today Show, and the BBC.

In her presentation, Baker explores the historical evolution behind our current idyllic body type, the stigma surrounding mental illness, and 10 ways that we can individually reframe the way we perceive ourselves and others. She encourages each person to “change your world, not your body,” uses empirical data to explore the correlation between weight and health, and discusses the “Health At Every Size” movement. Baker shows that by learning to love yourself as you are, you can join in a revolution that directly improves our societal structure on a global level. She talks about Body Love as a 21st century civil rights movement.

Baker will speak on February 24th at 7 pm in the Union Auditorium.

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