Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Elkins, West Virginia
I am working on logistics for some speaking engagements next academic year, and I can now share with you that I will be headed to Elkins, WV on Friday, September 13th to talk about eating disorders, body image, and recovery with middle and high school students. I am especially excited about this trip because it’s not far from where I grew up in rural, western Pennsylvania (which means I get to stop in and visit some family as well) and because I will be addressing middle and high school students, and most of the time eating disorder awareness (I don’t really like that term, but I haven’t been able to come up with a better one yet) focuses mainly on college-age women, which I think is a mistake. It’s just as important to talk to pre-teens and teenagers about how to cultivate a positive body image, how to seek help for an eating disorder, etc. as it is to talk to adults about these things.
Having the opportunity to speak to people of all ages about eating disorders, recovery, writing, etc. is one of the best things to have come from publishing Purge: Rehab Diaries. I am honored that people invite me to schools to speak about these issues, and it’s something I enjoy doing. It’s a privilege. I have met so many wonderful people in the process of publishing my book, and I’m looking forward to meeting even more wonderful people this coming school year.