THE GATEWAY * volume C number I
Eating disorder centre opens on Whyte
Senior News Editor
Often portrayed as solely a sickness of young,
self-conscious women, eating disorders have
grown along with the media and cultural
pressures to encompass a wider distribution
oi the population than ever before, affecting
men. women, young, and old.
Bin those struggling with the burden of dis¬
ordered eating will have one more option for
help this September thanks to the presence
of Me Without Measure (MWM): an Eating
Disorder Organization on Whyte Avenue and
The location will serve as a hub for aware¬
ness related initiatives and support groups —
one for those suffering from eating disorders,
the other for friends and family members of
those afflicted, explained Maggie Brennan,
Program Director of MWM and masters stu¬
dent of counseling psychology at the University
Support group sessions, which are free and
fully confidential, will focus on how to equip
participants with the tools to battle the over-
idealized false reality presented in mass media,
"We try to help |hti idpants develop a critical
mind, question what they’re seeing, and educate
people about how photos are touched up in mag¬
azines and how they're used to sell you things.
Big business wants you to feel bad because then
you need their product." she said.
“it all boils down to how you feel about
your Ixxly. and 90 per cent of women and 50
per cent of men just don't feel very good about
The origin of disordered earing, often
regardless of gender or background, lies in
self-perception and body image, explained
Helen Vallianatos. who is an assistant profes¬
sor in the University of Alberta's Department
of Anthropology and board director at the
MWM. Vallianatos specializes in how social
determinants shape health.
“There aren’t uniform ideals for what a
beautiful body is. fin North America] you
could argue that lean, muscular bodies are the
beauty ideal for men and women.” she said.
“We need to introduce people to the idea
that a healthy body is not any particular body
size and that people have different norms. We
need to foster body awareness and acceptance
of health at any size."
In addition to support groups. MWM also
plans to divert time and resources towards
expanding the canon of literature around
eating disorders and body image. In the
coming year, graduate students working
under Vallianatos will get a chance to perform
research at the MWM.
In the opinion of Peggy Szucs. MWM's
Executive Director, an increase in the amount
of research done on eating disorders has been
a long time coming.
BUILDING CONFIDENCE MWM staff hope that
the centre will shed light on eating disorders.
"Statistics in Canada and the United States:
there are practically none that are recent and
relevant.” she said, adding that because so
many eating disorders go undiagnosed and
because they can be so hard to identify, a real¬
istic estimation of how many are affected is
“Someone who is bulimic might not have
physical signs as opposed to an anorexic,
and people affected by something that hasn't
entered the health care dictionary yet, like big-
orexia — obsessive compulsive body-building
— would almost never be thought of as having
body image issues.”
Another area of focus for the MWM will be
developing a support group specifically targeting
men with eating disorders. Approximately ten
per cent of those with eating disorders are male.
"There's more attention starting to be paid
towards young men," Vallianatos said. “There
might not be that much out there in terms of
publication, but awareness is a start."
CAMPUS BUILDINGS EVACTUATED DUE TO
Around 9:30 a.m. on August 26, College Plaza at
772 street and 82 avenue was evacuated follow¬
ing a bomb threat.
Edmonton Police arrived on the scene and
dosed surrounding roads and businesses as the
explosives unit investigated.
After searching the building, nothing sus¬
picious was found and staff were eventually
allowed to return to the building.
STUDENT AWARDED FUNDING FOR FOOD
A graduate student in the University of Alberta's
Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional
Science has been awarded a $33,000 fellowship
from the Canadian Wheat Board.
Brenna Black, a graduate student, will use the
fellowship to explore the antifungal properties of
bacteria found in wheat and barley seed.
The bacterial compounds harvested may also
provide an alternative to irradiation and atmo¬
spheric packaging to extend the shed life of
AGEISM DEVELOPS EARLY ON
Researchers at the U of A have found evidence
for ageism in children as young as two years old.
Researchers Kwong See and Elena Nicoladis
wdh the Department oi Psychology have shown
that toddlers can. develop negative stereotypes
about those older than they are and that the
effects of such development could last into their
own old age
INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING AWARDED
A $22. 5 million fund has been awarded to the
University of Alberta from the federal Knowledge
The program is designed to fund projects ready
for construction to additionally stimulate the
A portion oi the infrastructure funding will be
used to renovate the Chemical and Materials
Engineering Building and construct resource
facilities in the Health Resources Innovation
located on third
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