Meredith College students smash body image stereotypes

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The sound of crashing metal and broken gears echoed across the Meredith College campus Monday.

“Oh my god it was so much fun,” said junior Jordan Lewis.

For the third year in a row, the nonprofit group Southern Smash traveled to the school to raise eating disorder awareness and promote positive body image. Students spent the morning decorating weight scales and then smashing them to pieces with baseball bats.     

Program coordinator Elizabeth Friedman says it is a great way to empower women and men to celebrate and embrace true beauty.

“They get to smash the scale, which is just symbolic of smashing the stigma around diet and weight and beauty,” Friedman said.

“I smashed the scale today to promote body positivity,” Lewis said. “There are so many pressures on women to be concerned about what their weight is what they look like, and it’s very hard to break that mold and break out of that.”

“It is a great way to blow of stress and everything,” sophomore Megan Jones said. “Smashing the scale is basically saying it’s not my worth. It’s not who I am as a person, and I am worth so much more, honestly.”

Freshmen Lauryn Dubose said it was a great way to get out some anger over the way she has felt for the past couple years.

“It was really amazing,” Dubose said. “I think it sends a great message that we shouldn’t have to look at our weight and think that is why we are beautiful or that’s why we are not beautiful.”

Fellow freshmen Grace Beale also said smashing the scale helped her feel better about herself.

“I could release some anger that I had toward myself and toward that number never being good enough,” said Beale. “As a society, we tend to overemphasize our weight and this number. Really, it doesn’t matter and it’s not who we are, and I think that is an important message to tell your women especially.”

Southern Smash was founded in November of 2012 and travels to colleges throughout the triangle and southeastern parts of the United States.

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