It’s true; I am a sorority girl, a happy member of Delta Phi Epsilon, and a prancing baby unicorn. A “baby” unicorn because I just started my first full semester as an active “Deepher” a few weeks ago. Having had nothing but positive experiences in my sorority, I have turned into one of “those” sorority girls. You know them; we’re the ones who walk alongside girls on the way to class asking, “So have you ever thought about Greek life? Joining a sorority, perhaps?”
However, I am not just here to shamelessly brag about the wonderful treasure that is Delta Phi Epsilon. This is actually my shameless plug for one of our philanthropies; ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders). Although I am unable to speak from my own experience about eating disorders, it is a topic everyone can relate to as everyone has their own insecurities, no matter how small. Some of the ladies in our sororities have been incredibly inspirational in speaking from their experiences, and we are all so proud of them for their courage. This week, it is important to remember that eating disorders begin for many different personal reasons (and not all of them have to do with “society”). Every woman is beautiful. No body type is any more “real” than another. I am well aware that this is something that is reiterated over and over again, but I have no problem jumping on the bandwagon that has the potential of helping people reach a state of better self love and appreciation.
This week is ANAD week with DPhiE, and we are encouraging open dialogue on the reality and severity of eating disorders. Eating disorders are not something to be glorified, but rather, something to be open and understanding to in discussion and in promoting positive progress, no matter how small it may seem. One of our campaigns includes “Trash Your Insecurities” (writing down insecurities and literally throwing them away in our pretty decorated garbage can). We’re throwing away the negative and focusing on our good qualities and urging everyone else to do the same!
If you are looking for more information, help, or ways to get involved, click your way over to anad.org