Even when it comes to opening a thrift shop for a day, Arrimage Estrie sees things differently. “It’s deceptive to choose your clothes by size, it limits us,” said Maïté Dumont, member of the board of the organization sherbrookois.
The clothing of the thrift shop of cultural diversity, organized Sunday at La Capsule Bistro-Cinema to mark the International Day without diet, were thus classified by types. It’s a method of focusing on what you like to wear, rather than what you can wear. Even the female and male pieces were mixed. “We wanted to put it all together so as not to enter stereotypes,” says Ms. Dumont.
Method of awareness
At Arrimage Estrie, the workers work mainly on the development of critical thinking. “We develop protective factors, how we build self-esteem. According to Maïté Dumont, one must be open to body diversity and differences to understand that media representations are not necessarily the reality.
During the activities of Arrimage, members talk about causes, they do not address eating disorders as they are. “We often use the image of the iceberg where the disorder is only the tip,” explains Maïté Dumont. The organization’s meetings allow members to work on self-confidence and acceptance of differences. This acceptance will lead them to fight the disorder and to accept it as a part of themselves.
A process of working on oneself
“Before, I saw the eating disorder as a pathology, something that I wanted to eradicate,” says a young woman met at the second-hand shop, who preferred to remain anonymous. A volunteer for the day’s business, she was first referred to Arrivage by friends and psychologists. Her journey with the body made her understand that her disorder is part of her. “Stowage taught me to accept my vulnerabilities,” shares the 21-year-old. Today, she considers herself restored, but dares to climb on the scale. She accepts her guilt thoughts and learns to live with her weaknesses,
Notify as soon as possible
“I started to worry about my appearance at the age of 7,” says the young woman. She and Maïté Dumont agree that prevention must be done as early as possible with young people because self-esteem issues are rooted in childhood. That’s why Arrimage Estrie travels to high schools to talk about appearance and acceptance, not about disorders that will develop in adolescence or adulthood. “Stowage forces us to look inside that we tend to put aside,” insists the young woman.
“I appreciate myself a lot more,” she answers today if she is asked what she sees when she looks in the mirror. The young woman chooses to help during events such as thrift to give back to people what has been made positive by the image.