ABOUT

​We are a club founded by students at McMaster University.

 

Our mission is to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness and confidence in your body shape and size.

 

As proud supporters of Danielle's Place, an eating disorder support and resource centre, we also strive to raise awareness about these deadly illnesses and assist anyone struggling with body image issues.

Check us out on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for updates on our upcoming events throughout the school year. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, or would like to get involved, please feel free to email us at macalliancebodypeace@gmail.com!

Please note — since the 2020/2021 school year is online, we will be hosting virtual events. Stay tuned!

I AM BOLD

(BOdy Love & Diversity)

BODY PEACE TREATY

I believe I am amazing both inside and out.

 

I believe that beauty comes in infinite forms.

 

I believe that I deserve to be loved unconditionally and accepted for everything that makes me who I am.

 

I believe that who I am is a reflection of what is inside me, not in the mirror.

 

I will love and appreciate my body for all that it does for me as it is my most sacred gift.

 

I will not let anyone put me down, nor will I accept any negativity towards my body.

 

I will appreciate what makes my body unique and celebrate it.

I will express my inner self however I like and I will not be embarrassed.

 

I will appreciate that my body will change just like my mind does over time.

 

I will commit to keeping my body, mind, and spirit healthy and happy.

 

I will turn my negative judgements of others into positive admiration.

I will accept the diverse expressions of others and will not think that they mean any less.

 

I am brilliant. I am brave. I am breathtaking.

I am BOLD.

 
 

WHO WE ARE

The McMaster Alliance for Body Peace (MAC ABP) was born out of a need students saw to address a major issue in modern society: body image. Society’s obsession with physical appearance and idealistic bodies is incessantly conveyed through magazines, television, and film, and is having an undeniable impact on people regardless of gender or age. Furthermore, the increasing prevalence of eating disorders in both males and females exemplifies the idea that body image can go beyond the issue of self-esteem, and has the ability to severely affect one’s health to the point of mortality.

 

Our goal is to passionately and persistently encourage physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. We will educate the McMaster student body about wellness and the realities of society’s ideals of beauty. We will empowerMcMaster students to adopt healthy lifestyle goals, and make changes in their own lives and the lives of their fellow students. Ultimately, MAC ABP will enhance McMaster as a whole by creating a strong and supportive community.

 

Join us — we'd love to see you at our events, and look forward to hearing how we can work together toward a more body-positive world starting right here at McMaster.

 

PROJECTS & EVENTS

Stay tuned — with the 2020/2021 school year being online, we will be hosting virtual events!

COLOUR ME BOLD
Make your way across our beautiful campus and prepare to be bombarded with 100% biodegradable & washable colour powder! This event celebrates body love & diversity, so all are welcome to participate however they feel comfortable (run/walk/dance/skip/roll/fly... it's up to you!)
All proceeds are donated to Danielle’s Place, an eating disorder support and resource centre in Burlington. Over 200 participants joined us in Spring 2016!
SUPPORT GROUPS
More information coming soon!
YOGA
Yoga is a fantastic way to relieve stress, increase self-acceptance, and even improve body image. Join us for indoor and outdoor yoga sessions open to the entire McMaster community and led by a certified instructor.

Bring a yoga mat and grab a few friends for a body-positive and hopefully healing experience!
SOCIALS
These are an opportunity for students to connect with peers and chat while enjoying a cup of loose-leaf tea! In the past, we've collaborated with McMaster's Design and Art Association as well as OPIRG McMaster to include fun crafts and activities for attendees.

Whether you'd like to learn more about MAC ABP or just discuss body positvity, stop by and say hello — we can't wait to meet you!
CLUB TABLES
From September to April, find us running various body image and eating disorder awareness campaigns and photo booths in the McMaster University Student Centre. Some of our past initiatives include Body Language, Body Positive Frame of Mind, and Trash Your Insecurities.

Stop by and say hi if you see us in MUSC!
WORKSHOPS
We facilitate workshops focusing on various topics such as self-care during exam season, body positivity, and eating disorders (such as the talk hosted jointly with SHEC during Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2016).
 
Let us know if you have any ideas for topics you'd like to see covered!
 

RESOURCES

We are constantly surrounded by different messages from a variety of sources that impact the way we feel about our bodies. For some people, poor body image can contribute to the development of a serious health problem: an eating disorder.
 
Eating disorders are complex, multi-faceted illnesses that can affect anyone regardless of age or gender. While eating disorders are characterized by unhealthy behaviors around food, it is important to note that they are not exclusively about food or the body. There are often other factors causing the individual to focus on controlling or obsessing about their food and weight. For instance, it may provide a way to cope with difficult problems or regain a sense of control. Eating disorders are complicated, and can affect a person’s sense of identity, worth, and self-esteem.

 
If you have any questions or concerns, or have suggestions for additional resources to list here, please feel free to contact us.

ON CAMPUS

McMaster Student Wellness Centre
http://wellness.mcmaster.ca

Provides a wide range of counselling options, medical services, and wellness education resources.
 

SHEC (Student Health Education Centre)
https://www.msumcmaster.ca/shec

Peer-run health promotion, education, and referral service for McMaster University students. Offers confidential peer support as well as a lending library.
 

MSU Peer Support Line
https://www.msumcmaster.ca/psl

An anonymous, confidential phone line that any McMaster student may call to discuss anything they may face. Now also offers an online chat option.

OFF CAMPUS

Danielle's Place
http://www.daniellesplace.org

A non-profit support and resource centre in Burlington for individuals struggling with eating disorders as well as their family and friends.
 

Sheena's Place
http://sheenasplace.org

A non­institutional, non­residential centre in downtown Toronto where people with similar issues regarding eating disorders come together in groups to share experiences, thoughts, feelings, and coping strategies. Offers groups for people struggling as well as their families, friends, and partners.
 

Body Brave

http://www.livingbodybrave.com/

An organization spreading body positivity and offering help for those struggling with Eating Disorders through workshops, courses, and an online presence.
 
Sierrah Acres
http://sierrahacres.com

A centre in Oro-Medonte offering equine assisted self-discovery sessions that involve working alongside horses to achieve new grounds in personal growth, healing, and development. Special experience working with eating disorders, self-esteem and confidence building, and providing support for caretakers.

OTHER

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)
http://www.nedic.ca

A Canadian non-profit providing resources on eating disorders & weight preoccupation.
 

National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED)
http://nied.ca

A not-for-profit coalition of health care professionals,
counsellors, and parents with children suffering from eating disorders. NIED aims to help bring about positive change in both the availability and quality of treatment of eating disorders in Canada and hosts symposiums on a regular basis.

Looking Glass Foundation
http://www.lookingglassbc.com

A BC-based charity that offers support for people suffering with eating disorders with a focus on young women. Offers online peer support groups on a regular basis.

 

GET INVOLVED

Want to get involved? If you'd like to help out with any of our projects or events, or if you have an idea for a new event, we'd love to hear it! We're always striving to expand our presence on campus, and would be thrilled to collaborate. You can reach us by email at macalliancebodypeace@gmail.com.

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We can't wait to work with you!

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