Between Instagram filters and Photoshop, people have no idea the storm a psyche takes to merely look in a mirror and think hey, I look pretty good today. Girls begin dieting at younger ages, often listing the fear of being fat above the death of a parent. It starts as a passing remark (“You would have a prettier face if you lost weight.”) or hearing more about appearance than accomplishments makes a person think having a more acceptable outside will make a more worthy human being.
The Healthy Minds, Healthy College initiative, represents one way to take on the negative voices or to find help dealing with eating disorders. If upcoming group sessions are not your thing, make an appointment to see a counsellor either here or off campus. In between talking about body image issues, get empowered with these resources in *print, digital or video.
*Note: Visit our Information Desk for help refining your search for body image as it relates to men, nursing, LGBT, community services, or another topic.
Starving for Affection: A Journey of Eating Disorders, Drugs and Sex
RC 569.5 .B65 .B38 2009 c. 2
When Girls Feel Fat: Helping Girls Through Adolescence
HQ 798 .F75 1997
Body image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women, and Children
BF 697.5 .B63 G76 1999
Articles of Interest (Login Required)
Cohen, R., Newton-John, T., & Slater, A. (2017). The relationship between Facebook and Instagram appearance-focused activities and body image concerns in young women. Body Image, 23183-187. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.10.002
Body Image’s Effect on Smoking and Drinking. (2017). USA Today Magazine, 146(2869), 7.
CLARK, N. (2017). Social Media and Body Image: #Fitspiration at Its Worst. American Fitness, 35(2), 66.
AV services have a display near the entrance, with a list of titles on the subject.