Changing the Conversation. Changing Lives.
Founded in September 2002, Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee is the Southeast's first statewide nonprofit to advance eating disorder awareness, education and prevention. Our mission is to offer hope, help and support to all who are impacted by disordered eating.
April 11, 2013: Former Miss America, Kirsten Haglund, arrived in Belle Meade, TN to speak at EDCT's largest annual fundraiser - Evening of Song and Story. Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund, shared her personal story of recovery.
After completing her year of service as Miss America, Kirsten continued to travel and speak on body-image issues and eating disorders, and started the Kirsten Haglund Foundation to provide treatment scholarships for women struggling with the illness.
Kirsten's story was paired with songs from Musical Guest Singer-songwriter and Nashville native Kelleigh Bannen, CMT’s “Listen Up” artist for the month of November 2012. Prior to the event, Kirsten stopped by Talk of the Town on Channel 5 to speak out for EDCT.
February 24th - March 2nd is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Our social media theme for this week is A Disordered Society. We chose this theme in order to highlight the negative effects that the western society has on the occurrence of eating disorders. But we'd like to begin our week by recognizing a company that is working hard to present a positive message about body image to the public.
In 2011, the Kellogg’s cereal brand Special K® launched a campaign called “The Gains Project.” Set in Central Park, their TV commercial featured everyday women being asked to weigh themselves in public. Crazy, yes? But wait! This isn’t a normal scale. Instead of your weight in numbers, it tells you your worth in a word. See the commercial and the rest of this blog post after the jump.