Positive Body Image Week March 2 - 6
According to the Southern Communication Journal, young people today live in an environment in which looks are of utmost importance, social support is low, and pressure to achieve the cultural ideals of attractiveness is high. The stAte Counseling Center is hosting Positive Body Image Week to raise awareness of the personal, social and emotional effects of body image.
Statistics reported in the International Journal of Eating Disorders indicate 91% of college women have tried to control their weight through dieting, and 25% of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a weight-management technique. While people may think that eating disorders only affect women, men often struggle just as much. 75% of men and 90% of women are unhappy with their bodies and feel they need to lose weight or exercise excessively in order to trim fat. It is said that only 35% of these students will seek help. The Counseling Center’s goal is to make students aware of the support and help that is available.
Schedule of Events:
Monday March 2nd
Natural State Lounge in the Student Union from 11:30 until 1:00
Participants will take a selfie, say one nice thing about themselves and post the selfie to Twitter or Instagram using #loveyourbody.
Tuesday March 3rd
“What Really Matters”
Natural State Lounge from 11:30 until 1:00
Participants will play a game to test their knowledge about the foods they eat and identify which foods are healthy or unhealthy.
Wednesday March 4th
“Eating Attitudes Test” (a free confidential screening )
Counseling Center from 11:00-2:00
Drop by the Counseling Center and complete the “EAT-26”. Participants will receive feedback about their attitudes and knowledge regarding eating behaviors and body image. You can meet briefly with a counselor to ask questions about your results and get information about help that is available. Questionnaires will remain confidential.
“Eating Disorder Myths and Positive Body Image”
Dr. Christina Shaw, St. Bernard’s Eating Disorders Clinic
Centennial Ballroom at 6:00 pm
Guest speaker Dr. Cristina Shaw, Director of the St. Bernard’s Eating Disorders Clinic, will discuss healthy lifestyle information, common myths about eating disorders, who may be affected and how to develop and maintain a positive body image.
Eating disorders do not discriminate and can affect anyone. In America more than 11 million men and women struggle with eating disorders. If you or a loved one is struggling, we encourage you to seek help.
Thursday March 5th
“Test Your Knowledge”
Natural State Lounge from 11:30-1:00
Participants will play a game that tests knowledge about eating disorders. Come check out our booth and freebies.