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The National Eating Disorders Collaboration describes body image as “the perception that a person has of his/her physical self... [and] the thoughts and feelings the person experiences as a result of that perception.” Body image can be a lifelong stress and one that is especially heightened in the college years and environment. Unhealthy misperceptions of body image can lead to many dangerous consequences such as eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. Focusing on pressures such as social media and preparing for Dayton to Daytona, we sought to develop resources for UD to support individuals who struggle with an unhealthy body image. We analyzed publications produced by the Health and Counseling Centers and found that there are few resources available to students struggling with poor body images and eating disorders. Furthermore, we have found that many of the available resources are outdated, nonspecific, and poorly advertised. Pamphlets and counselors are the most noticeable resources available to these students. Resources from other Universities were explored to brainstorm ideas in which UD might improve the resources provided to students. Our goal is to improve several aspects of body image at UD, specifically creating awareness and giving resources to students who have issues with body image on campus. We want to uphold UD’s values of being an inclusive community for all by creating materials for the university that promote the acceptance of all body types.
Ann E Biswas
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Improvement on Healthy Views of Body Image at UD" (2018). Stander Symposium Posters. 1336.