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Do you know what a ‘thigh gap’ is?

If you have a pre-teen or teenage daughter, chances are good that she does…and she could be putting herself in danger trying to get it.

The ‘thigh gap’ is when you can stand with your feet together and be so skinny that your thighs don’t touch. It’s one of many body parts that young people, especially girls, obsess over in the quest for the ‘perfect body.’

It can also lead to eating disorders.

Jessica Jucinich
One of the event’s organizers once battled anorexia nervosa. (Jessica Jurinich)

The New Jersey chapter of Project HEAL, a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, is dedicated to combating eating disorders, helping those who are suffering to recover, and to encourage a healthy body image for everyone.

They will host their second annual ‘Every BODY is Beautiful’ fashion show and brunch at Knob Hill Country Club in Manalapan from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday, April 7.

There will be fashions from Lucki Clover of Red Bank, Ruby and Jenna in Westfield, Gap, Old Navy, David’s Bridal, and The Children’s Place. There will also be speakers on hand to discuss eating disorders and share inspirational stories of recovery.

There will be a Chinese auction, with a grand prize worth over $500!

Advanced tickets for the event are $50 for adults and $35 for students. Children under 12 are free. They are available to buy at the door, but you are asked to e-mail ProjectHEAL.Volunteer@gmail.com with the number of people you plan to attend with.

All proceeds from the event go to Project HEAL and the Help HEAL scholarship fund.

Event organizer Jessica Jurinich is no stranger to this issue, now in recovery from a battle with anorexia, and committing to helping others. When it comes to eating disorders, she says,

The prevalence is incredible and the awareness unfortunately does not match that. The average onset is still in teenage years, however more and more young girls and middle-aged women are being treated. Men, as well. Too many individuals suffer in silence regardless of gender.’

Jessica Jucinich
Jessica is now recovered and committed to helping others who are battling eating disorders. (Jessica Jurinich)

We all at some point have had some kind of issue with our bodies…Our legs are too thick, arms too jiggly, stomachs too round, nose too bumpy…if only we could learn to love ourselves for who we are, no matter what.

Maybe if we start teaching kids to love their bodies at an early age, it will rub off on us adults!

For more information on Project HEAL, e-mail them at projecthealnj@gmail.com.

What do you love about your body? Tell us in the comment section below!

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