Texas Tech University

Texas Tech to Host Feed Your Body and Soul Week

Cara Vandergriff

February 18, 2016

The weeklong series of events encourages soulful living by raising awareness about eating disorders and body image.

Texas Tech University will host Feed Your Body and Soul Week Sunday (Feb. 21) through Saturday (Feb. 27). The weeklong series of events is aimed at raising awareness about eating disorders, body image and soulful living.

Feed Your Body and Soul Week is held in conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year's theme is “#changeyourcompliment” and is meant to encourage people to move from focusing solely on physical appearance as a standard of worth by using compliments that recognize the value of the whole person.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males in the United States struggle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Approximately 15 million more struggle with binge eating disorder.

Feed Your Body and Soul Week is a way students on the Texas Tech campus can work to increase awareness and practice body acceptance.

The events for the week include:

Hip-Hop Class, 7 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 21), Student Rec Center Room 114:
Try an introductory hip-hop class and learn new dance moves while getting a great workout. Texas Tech student ID required to participate.

Judo Class, 6:45 p.m. Monday (Feb 22), Student Rec Center Room 116:
Judo teaches people to defend themselves using their own weight, balance and momentum as assets. Texas Tech student ID required to participate.

Feed Your Body Fair, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 23), Student Union Building Ballroom:
Visit the Feed Your Body Fair to learn more about mindful eating, body acceptance and health at every size. Free food will be provided while supplies last.

Belly Dancing Class, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 24), Student Rec Center Room 114:
Belly dancing provides a great workout while encouraging appreciation of curves. Texas Tech student ID is required to participate.

Free Screening of “The Illusionists: The Globalization of Beauty,” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 24), Human Sciences Room 111:
This film examines how the global beauty industry conspires to create a narrow, westernized view of beauty that is almost impossible to achieve.

Celebration of Recovery, 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 25), Serenity Center in the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery:
Attendees will hear a personal story of recovery from an eating disorder survivor.

Contribute to our #changeyourcompliment campaign:
Changing compliments means recognizing the beauty and worth that is unique to everybody. People change their compliments when they move away from comments that focus only on physical appearance and provide comments that acknowledge the true worth of a whole person.

More information and a complete schedule of the Feed Your Body and Soul Week events is available on the Student Counseling Center's website.