Project HEAL provides hope and help to the 10% of the population suffering from eating disorders. It’s been a joy to watch Kristina and Liana expand their small non-profit to over 40 chapters around the world, giving more and more people the support they need to recover.
Hard to put into words how important becoming involved in Project HEAL is to me. There is a huge stigma and misunderstanding surrounding eating disorders. Being open about my past eating disorder is not easy for me, but the calling I feel to help others who suffer/are affected by this disease is greater than my fears of judgement.
Project Heal provides a safe, supportive, nurturing, and informative place for those needing guidance and help with their eating disorder recovery. I’m constantly inspired by the work they do and the passion they have to provide treatment to those who can’t afford it. They spread such positivity and light to those in situations that are often clouded in darkness. Interacting with Project Heal has made me more confident and open in speaking about my own experiences, something that has taken me years. They’re truly changing lives with every person they come in contact with.
Could not be happier about my decision to get involved in Project HEAL. I can say from experience that eating disorders are serious mental illnesses. Growing up, I watched my big sister suffer from one for many years, and I’ve experienced periods in my life when I’ve suffered symptoms as well. I’m joining Project HEAL to help break the stigma associated with eating disorders.
Change is not going to come only from inside the beltway, it’s going to be people like Liana and Kristina who can really make a difference
I always told myself that I wouldn’t come out and announce publicly that I had an eating disorder until I hit my goal weight. I felt like if I wasn’t thin enough, I didn’t ‘deserve’ to have an eating disorder. It wasn’t until I saw women of all sizes at the Project HEAL gala declaring their own struggles and victories over ED that I felt confident enough to also come forward. That’s why having an open, supportive community of people who are living with - and recovered from - eating disorders is so vitally important.
I support Project Heal and the work they do because I work in an industry that is having a significantly negative influence on our society by creating beauty ideals that would require 98% of the population to develop an eating disorder to attain. That is not acceptable to me as a fellow woman, mother, and human being. I believe we need a new model of beauty in the fashion industry that is based on not only viewing but valuing an individual as a whole person vs. just a physical body and that exactly what Project Heal wants for the people suffering from eating disorders to discover about themselves.
Project HEAL helps people realize their worth and potential, serving as an incredible ally to those on the road to recovery. As a body positive activist, I support Project HEAL as they continue to foster confidence, spread awareness and celebrate self-love.
When it comes to Eating Disorders I consider it a serious public health crisis. We are in dire need for education, outreach, and funding to get people the help they need and deserve. I stand in alliance with Project Heal and applaud them for the measures they have taken to support so many individuals. They are making treatment possible for those that cannot afford it, as well as building communities of support nationwide. Speaking firsthand, recovery is possible. Thank you Project Heal!
Together, along with Project HEAL, we want to breakthrough the personal interpretations of body perfection we all have. We are individually unique and the quality of our hearts will make us that much more radiant. There’s no easy fix but there’s power in numbers and we will help you fight this stigma.
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I am so happy to be involved with Project Heal. What these women are doing for people with eating disorders around the world is truly inspirational. While creating my documentary, Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image, I learned that eating disorders are a serious public health crisis and the shame and stigma associated with these illnesses prevent some people from ever getting the help or care they need. This is devastating, and Liana and Kristina decided to do something about it. I have seen first hand the contribution they’ve made to the body acceptance conversation, and I cannot wait to see how far we can go together in eradicating body shaming and the unrealistic and damaging standards of beauty our society has created.
The work that Project Heal does is so important in a world and community that is so stigmatized and so unsupported by typical healthcare offerings. I particularly applaud Project Heal’s dedication to plus size folks with eating disorders, an incredibly underrepresented group. As someone who lived through many years of disordered eating and a punitive relationship with my own body, I can’t stress how important a community—and the hope of recovery—truly is. Having a community helped me turn around my behavior, my self-talk, and ultimately recover. The peace and joy I have found are invaluable, and my wish is to be able to support as many people as I can in finding that same happiness.
The supportive community that Project Heal has created provides important resources, as well as an outlet for healing and hope. Beginning with the nationally acclaimed documentary that shared my personal challenges, to when I retired from Major League Baseball and became an advocate for mental health and wellness issues, the Project Heal family has embraced me with compassion and hope. Their support allows me to share my story with thousands, educate lawmakers to create smart policies, and inspire men, women, young and old to find the help and support they need.
“Project Heal is a gift that keeps on giving for many families often who can not afford in-patient eating disorder treatment a loved one so desperately needs. Sometimes a saving grace, always a friend along a very bumpy road to recovery.”
Radical self love and globalized body positivity is critical for a truly happy society. With 10% of eating disorders resulting in death, it is critical that we take them seriously. It’s high time we end the stigma and prioritize mental health care in this country.