It's Love Your Body Day!
This is going to be a multiple-post day.
I'll start by urging you all to participate in the Now Foundation's Love Your Body Day activities.
They will be publishing a list of participants and linking to the posts, starting today.
To participate, e-mail the link to your blog post to lybd2011 -at- yahoo.com by this Friday, Oct. 21.
They ask that you include the following text link in your blog post: "This post is part of the 2011 Love Your Body Day Blog Carnival" and link it to
Let's Talk About it is a call for videos. They'll post the ones they especially like on their website.
"The airbrushed body type portrayed as ideal is naturally possessed by less than five percent of women, so if anyone should feel bad about the pervasiveness of eating disorders and low self-esteem in women and girls, it's advertisers and the media," says NOW Foundation Education Vice President Erin Matson. "Let's talk about why it's so important to put an end to this madness with the most powerful tool we have: Our own stories."...
"I encourage everyone to make a video and post it online," said Matson. "Your voice might be the one that reaches a girl or woman who is struggling with her self-image. And together, the more videos we create, the more we become part of the solution."
The Let's Talk About it project is in partnership with the National Eating Disorders Association.
The Love Your Body Poster Contest winners are used to promote the Love Your Body Campaign.
Posters should be graphically attractive and use a dynamic message. We especially look for images that demonstrate beauty is not limited by body size, body type, ethnicity, age or physical appearance. The winning posters will be displayed in schools and other public settings, so please consider this when designing your poster.
IMPORTANT: Each entry must include the artist's full name, address, phone number, valid e-mail address and category number on the back of each poster. See the prizes section below to determine what category you are in.
Artwork: Poster should be no larger than 9" x 12". The poster must include the words "2012 Love Your Body Campaign" and the NOW Foundation web site address, www.nowfoundation.org.
BFB readers and commentators: if you create entries in any of these categories that touch on fat acceptance issues and don't have a high-traffic space to post them, send them to me at deeleigh -at- deeshead.net and I'll put them up on BFB.