Monday, December 12, 2011

ED 101 (a free educational tool provided by NORMAL nonprofit)

I ran across this You Tube video (that I originally found from this site) and just had to share. It is 35 minutes long but so worth watching if you have some extra time. Many aspects of this video resonate with me and my past struggles (and now deeper understanding) of anorexia. I love the mission and goal of the NORMAL nonprofit and think their idea of bringing ED awareness to young people, through the arts, is genius. Eating Disorders are rampant and will not go away by simply ignoring the issues or the people struggling. We must educate ourselves. We must talk about realities. Watch, listen, learn and please share your thoughts, feelings and/or reactions in the comments. 

"ED101 provides hope—from those who have recovered and from those who have treated [eating disorders].
.. This film counters the shame and captures the courageous spirit of those who refuse to be bound by it.

Eating Disorders 101 (ED 101), sponsored by Timberline Knolls, is a free educational tool provided by the NORMAL nonprofit which educates about eating disorders, self-esteem and body image through arts and mindfulness programs. ED 101 is the result of more than five years of work and is possible due to ongoing support from Joanne and Daniel C. Smith, the Pink House Foundation, Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation, NIS First 100 Club, Innovative Women's Producer's Network and patrons. We are grateful to be collaborating with more than 15 national nonprofit organizations to distribute this DVD to schools worldwide.

The NORMAL nonprofit strongly recommends that this film be accompanied by our Myth Busters hand out as well as a discussion panel of experts. For our free 90-page curriculum, details on handouts and free guidelines on how to create an effective discussion panel, please visit

Reactions to the clip?
Did anything surprise you?
Do you think a musical that is based on Eating Disorders is a good/bad idea?


  1. i can't watch it all right but thank you for sharing it! You are so encouraging to those in need.

  2. What a great service to those in need. I have no experience with an ED or know anyone that has had one.

    I am so glad you gained strength, both physical and mental so you could go on to help others and lead a healthy life.

    And grow a baby!!!!

  3. Thank you for such a great resource. I am bookmarking it so that I can come back and watch it. Being in youth ministry, I am always interested in resources that help me understand what the ladies are dealing with that I meet with. Also, love your website! I am following you now. =)


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