Hamilton College helps raise awareness of eating disorders

CLINTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - More than ten million people in America suffer from an eating disorder and this week, there's a nationwide effort aimed at raising awareness of the disease.

On Monday at Hamilton College, the campus participated in "mirror-less" Monday.

Organizers covered the mirrors in every public bathroom with flyers. Those flyers were covered with facts, information and positive messages about body image.

National Eating Disorders Week was created ten years ago, to help reduce the stigma around eating disorders and improve access to treatment. Guest speakers, seminars and other events are scheduled for the rest of the week.

"Each day of the week has a different theme, so there's "talk-about-it Tuesday," "Worry-less Wednesday," which is the idea to worry less about your weight," said Galia Slayen, a student and organizer of the campus' efforts. "So we're putting a chocolate on every single door in the entire school, and that's kind of you know, have a chocolate today, don't think about eating issues. Just take today off to not worry about body image issues."

A life-sized Barbie doll was also on display, which participants say shows that Barbie's measurements are unattainable in real life.

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