POSTED: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 1:51pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Societal pressures to be thin, be perfect, like those re-touched magazine photos of all our favorite stars...has certainly hade an affect on how we as women see ourselves. Eating disorders affect millions of people, but one woman is working to change that.
When you see a 10 year old girl, there is an 81 percent chance she will have already tried dieting because she’s afraid of getting fat. Women, and even men, across the country struggle for their version of perfection. However, McCall Dempsey is helping those people smash those thoughts and learn to love themselves again.
You would never know McCall struggled for over a decade with anorexia and bulimia, disorders that she kept secret for a long time.
"It was something that because I looked fine on the outside and I had the life and career the family the friends no one really knew what was going on underneath," says Dempsey.
Until one day a friend noticed she needed help, so McCall went through therapy and eventually became a patient at a treatment facility in North Carolina.
"And I was treated there for 3 months and I came home not cured definitely on the path to recovery and it’s been a long road, its been a battle, its been a lot of work but it's certainly been worth it," noted Dempsey.
Only a few months after she came home she started ‘Southern Smash’ , with the help of a running group at LSU  and the Rocket Kidz Foundation . It's a chance to say thank you to those who helped her by paying it forward.
"So rewarding to see someone who has really gotten to a place of full recovery go forward and starts an advocacy organization it’s huge," says Clinical Director at the Carolina House, Christy Rogers.
"Southern Smash " offers help for anyone who needs it.
“We are now a program and raise awareness for eating disorders and help women free themselves from those perfect numbers," says Dempsey.
And McCall tells her story, organizes panel discussions and scale smashing events.
“You take sledge hammers to scales and you beat the heck out of them," she says.
It's all in effort to shatter people's perceptions and accept you the way you are.
The smashing event is Friday, March 1 at the Baton Rouge beach at 3:30 p.m. There will be prizes, bandana painting, a beautiful photo booth and of course scale smashing.