The National Pahellenic Council is celebrating this week as National Ritual Appreciation week, and kicking it off with International Badge Day! Ritual, in its secrets and traditions, is something that closely unites Thetas throughout the country and the world in our sisterhood. Our badges are an expression and outward symbol of our sisterhood and the ritual and relationships we share. The symbol is so important to us that we always present our best selves when wearing our badges. They are an important sign of the love we share as Theta sisters! Some of our sisters shared why they are proud to be Thetas and wear their badge:
"I wear a badge because Theta is LΘve." - Brielle B.
"I enjoy wearing my badge because it makes me feel connected to Theta, and I love knowing that I'm a part of something." - Tori G.
"I wear my badge with pride because it is a tangible sign of the values I share with all of my amazing sisters." - Amanda R
"I wear my badge with pride because I'm wearing the symbol of a leader." - Lilly M.
"Every time I put on my badge I feel like superwoman putting on a cape; it makes me feel strong and empowered, like I can take on the world!" - Grace F.
"I wear my badge with pride because sisterhood is important to me." - Lauren C.
"Wearing my badge is a sign of being a leading woman, and I always wear it with pride" - Laura T.
We are so grateful to be Thetas and carry the symbol of it on and in our hearts. Happy NPC Badge Day from all of us in Eta Omega!
In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 23-Mar. 1), Kappa Alpha Theta Headquarters dedicated the month of February to eating disorders awareness, because over 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States have struggled with an eating disorder at some point in their lives, and even more cases go undiagnosed (National Eating Disorders Association).Eating disorders don't discriminate among age, gender, or race. There are many risk factors and causes, and they are about much more than food. More often, there is another underlying issue that causes the controlling and obsessing over food and weight. Body dissatisfaction can become a major contributing factor, but other risk factors include low self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, trauma and more. People whose parents have eating disorders are also at a greater risk. The media also perpetuates an attitude of body standards that can trigger harmful weight control behaviors.
Eating disorders often fall into the categories of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, but there are many more manifestations of food-obsessive behaviors. Furthermore, eating disorders aren't always immediately apparent. It's impossible to tell if a person has an eating disorder by simply looking at them. There are also different severities of eating disorders that make them even harder to spot.
In commemoration of awareness week, our chapter brought in a local expert, Dr. Katie Thompson, to teach us more about the causes, risk factors, varieties and treatment options of eating disorders. As college students, sometimes recognizing harmful eating disorders can be difficult. Routines are virtually non-existent, stress and caffeine can dull or increase appetite, and it's difficult to eat well-rounded meals on a ramen budget. That's normal. However, according to Thompson, however, these factors become concerning when they become intentional, obsessive, and detrimental to health. Obsessing over weight and food intake both signal a potential eating disorder. Though theyare difficult to spot, it is essential to recognize their painful and harmful effects and seek treatment.
One of the greatest tools in the fight against eating disorders is awareness and resources. As Thetas, we know sisters who have struggled with eating disorders and body image. Eating disorders can destroy lives, and we want to spread the word so that more people can access the resources and support they need. Kappa Alpha Theta offers their resources through Sisters Supporting Sisters, which includes tips on opening the tough conversation about eating disorders, an online screening program, a webinar about healthy body image, and a free hotline for members (1-800-756-3124). Other resources include the National Eating Disorders Association, which provides information on its website, online screenings, a helpline (800-931-2237), support groups and more. One more thing you can do for yourself if to write yourself your own Body Love Letter and committing to taking care of yourself. Check out the Love Warrior Community to join the fight for self-love and self-esteem. An eating disorder is a struggle that does not need to be faced alone. We want to support our sisters and our community in the battle for health and self-love.
We are the Eta Omega chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at Saint Louis University. We were established on November 9th, 2013. We have over 180 wonderful sisters that are alike in many ways but all with unique interests. Our blog will highlight many of these.