Here’s a press release that went out today regarding the Center for Eating Disorders’ “Love Your Tree” campaign:
The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt received more than 80 posters, created by students from five public and private schools in Baltimore County, in response to the Center’s second annual “Love Your Tree” campaign. This challenge invited students to create posters that confront narrow ideals about beauty, and embrace body diversity and acceptance. “Love Your Tree” is a body image campaign based on the work of Eve Ensler, the author of the award winning plays “The Good Body” and “The Vagina Monologues.”
“We really appreciate the creativity and energy the students have shown in crafting their posters that promote positive body image,” said Steven Crawford, M.D., associate director of the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. “We are looking forward to holding the ‘Love Your Tree’ poster campaign next year and seeing more great work.”
The posters were displayed and participating students were celebrated during a reception held during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. One poster was selected for reproduction and it was created by Ariana Vaeth, a seventh grade student at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, who resides in Windsor Mill – see attached photograph. The title of the poster is “Evening Lit-tra-tree,” and depicts a girl reading the book “Love Your Tree” under the shade of a loving tree.
“Ariana’s poster really stood out for us because of its very visual impact, strong positive body image message and overall holistic approach to the theme,” said Julia Andersen, senior expressive arts therapist at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. “We thank all the participating schools and students for their great work.”
More than 60 people attended the reception, including students, their parents and family members, Dr. Crawford, Julia Andersen and Farrell Maddox, art supervisor at Baltimore County Public Schools.
Art is one form of therapy that the Center for Eating Disorders uses to help patients with eating disorders such as, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating, express feelings and explore conflicts. This course of treatment helps patients become more aware of the connections between eating disorder symptoms, negative body imagery and impulse control.
Schools interested in being notified of next year’s “Love Your Tree” poster campaign should contact Julia Andersen at the Center for Eating Disorders at 410-938-5227.