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Eating Disorder Prevention and Body Image

Eating Disorder Prevention and Body Image

Eating disorders are real, serious, and complex medical and psychiatric illnesses that affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses. Eating disorders significantly hinder a student’s social, emotional and academic success.. We strive to create a culture that promotes size diversity, body acceptance, and a healthier body image for all humans.

Eating Disorder Prevention Tips

Tip #1
Eating disorders and disordered eating can be reduced by increasing media literacy skills, reframing unhealthy thoughts, and developing a weight-neutral, health-centered approach to self-care.
Tip #2
People struggling with an eating disorder need to seek professional help. The earlier one seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery. Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.
Tip #3
Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.

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Positive Body Image Tips

Tip #1
Weight stigma, dieting, social media use, exposure to and pressure exerted by media, and  the sociocultural idealization of thinness increase body dissatisfaction and disordered eating.
Tip #2
Increase protective factors against negative body image, like a non-appearance-oriented definition of yourself.
Tip #3
Replace dieting and body snarking with intuitive eating and appreciation for your body’s functionality.

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