FSU Organizations Promote Positive Body Image

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Rail-thin models and 8-pack abs are seen everywhere on ads... According to the National College Health Assessment, three percent of students on Florida State's campus are struggling with eating disorders, and that's only the ones who report them.

On Wednesday, several campus organizations got together to promote a positive body image.

Heather Fisher is a Dietitian at Florida State's Thagard Health Center. She said, "We're trying to encourage students to embrace their inner beauty, and their inner qualities, and to accept themselves, and to really think about and practice doing that versus comparing themselves to other people. "

More than 10 Million people in the United States have an eating disorder. It's no wonder body image can become a competition.

Andrew Gonzalez is an FSU student. He said guys compare themselves at the gym all of the time. "Like a mainstream competition where you have someone stronger than you or you have someone bigger than you, or someone that looks more sculpted than you do. When in a sense you should really just be aware of your heath," he said.

Eating disorders are more common in females. Sandi Dedrick said, "I even have friends that talk about themselves and they'll look at another girl and say why can't I look like that? And say maybe I should restrict food, maybe I shouldn't eat, maybe I should work out for an hour."

The event offered healthy food, make up and the chance for people to write down why they love their bodies.


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