Brian Clark, assistant director of Adventure Programs, stopped to talk with trainers in the Fitness and Wellness Center Tuesday. Trainers were available to speak with students and faculty as part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week. (Rob McDaniel)

By Taylor Pettit

For the past two years, creating awareness about eating disorders on campus has been a priority for Campus Recreation.

This year, some events have already made an appearance on campus with new events occurring the rest of the week.

“We are using these programs to address [sic] concerns,” said Meghan Scott, health educator. “There are lots of negative images in the media. This week presents the real picture of what it’s like to love your body.”

One main program, “Do you really want to be a Barbie Girl?” will showcase the real-life issues that go along with Barbie’s iconic figure at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in Middle Powell.

“I’m really excited to see how Barbie Girl goes,” said Mandi Williams, senior nursing major from Salt Lake City, Utah. “We grew up with Barbie, so it puts things in perspective.”

Williams, who is also one of the senior peer educators working on the week, said the most important reason to attend these events is to become aware for not only yourself but loved ones, as well.

The theme of this week’s event is  “Everybody knows Somebody,” which places the focus on awareness for everyone.

“Most people don’t know about these issues,”    Williams said. “Men are actually on the rise. If you think there may be an issue the first thing to do is let someone know.”

The “Barbie Girl” will also include information about the correct and healthy sizes for the average male and female.

Other events this week include “Freedom Friday.”

Friday’s event is focused on healthy eating and a day of no dieting.

A clothing drive for the Hope Center will also be occurring throughout the week. Drop off stations for unwanted clothes are located in the Student Services Building, the Fitness and Wellness Center and Middle Powell.