Regional non-profit comes to Baton Rouge to bring awareness to eating disorders

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — The regional non-profit Southern Smash is in the Capital City hoping to bring awareness to eating disorders and promote positive body image.

Leaders are hosting ‘Scale Smash’ on the parade grounds of Louisiana State University from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 19. Organizers say they want people to use the provided sledgehammers to smash weight scales and demolish the idea of perfection. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in other activities to ‘let go of the things weighing them down.’

Southern Smash founder McCall Dempsey will also host a panel during SmashTALK, from 7-8 p.m. in the Atchafalaya Room of the LSU Union on Nov. 19. Dempsey will share her firsthand experience regarding recovery from an eating disorder that controlled her life for 15 years.

Dempsey and Southern Smash will also host ‘Tailgating for a Cause’ on Nov. 20 to help raise money to fun the first free clinician-led eating disorder support group in Baton Rouge. The event will be held at The Loft at Cecelia Creole Bistro, 421 N 3rd Street, Suite B. From 6-8 p.m., attendees can partake in a silent auction, shared stories, cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $50 for the public and $25 for students.

Southern Smash is a program member of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness (TAEDA) and aims to educate the public about the dangers of eating disorders. The disease affects approximately one in ten Americans at some point in his or her lifetime, according to TAEDA.

Less than one third of those struggling will seek
help due to the high cost of treatment, lack of provider expertise and stigma surrounding the illness, according to Southern Smash.

For more information on The Alliance and Southern Smash, visit

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