“Be Comfortable In Your Genes, Wear Jeans that Fit the REAL You.” 

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

February 24 – March 2, 2013



There is a growing body of evidence supporting the fact that body size and shape is largely determined by genetics. However, too often individuals struggle against their natural, genetically determined size just to fit into that pair of “skinny jeans” in the back of their closet. Fighting your natural size and shape can lead to unhealthy dieting practices, poor body image and decreased self-esteem. While you can adopt a healthy lifestyle and aim to be fit for your particular body type, YOU CANNOT CHANGE YOUR GENES (nor do you need to)!

Through the Great Jeans Giveaway, NEDA hopes to influence the public to think twice about the fit versus fashion dilemma and the pressures of our culture’s unattainable standards of beauty. NEDA wants women and men to stop waiting to be a smaller size in order to wear certain clothes and to stop squeezing into jeans they keep hoping to “lose a few” to get into. Instead, people need to be encouraged to change the size of their jeans to fit their genes. After all, everybody deserves to feel comfortable and confident in his or her clothes and body! (Jeans tabling 2/25 (9am-12pm); 2/28 (1pm-4pm); and 3/1 (8am-12pm) at the rec).


For females between 15- and 24-years-old who suffer from anorexia nervosa, the mortality rate associated with the illness is 12 times higher than the death rate of all other causes of death.


20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS)


Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women.


Many eating disorders begin during college, when for some, the pressures of college life can exacerbate or contribute to the onset of an eating disorder.


The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 165 pounds. The average Miss America winner is 5’7” and weighs 121 pounds.