Monday, December 11, 2023

Eating disorder awareness group brings public ‘Scale Smash’event to William & Mary

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The William & Mary Counseling Center is bringing the Scale Smash to the Crim Dell Meadow this Friday. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Pixabay)

An eating disorder awareness and support group is holding a event at William & Mary this Friday to help the public “let go of the things weighing them down.”

Southern Smash will bring its signature Scale Smash to the Crim Dell Meadow from 2-5 p.m., according to a news release from the organization.

The Scale Smash involves just that — smashing a scale with a sledgehammer.

There will also be other activities, all of which aim to raise eating disorder awareness and promote positive body image, according to the news release. Attendees can write “Let it Go” on balloons to “release their ideal numbers” and create “Dare to LOVE Yourself” cards.

The Scale Smash is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the William & Mary Counseling Center.

Southern Smash was created in November 2012 by McCall Dempsey, who had an eating disorder for 15 years. The organization’s goal is to challenge men and women to let go of their “perfect number” and change their views on their own worth and beauty.

This year, Southern Smash became a program under the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. The awareness nonprofit was founded in October 2000 and offers an abundance of resources, educational programs and advocacy for those battling eating disorders.

More information on The Alliance and Southern Smash can be found on the alliance website or by calling 866-662-1235.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
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