February 22-26 is Love Your Body Week at Loyola, a time to promote positive body image and healthy habits. Love Your Body Week coincides with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and is a great time to discuss the long term effects of negative body image. The media is saturated with images of individuals that embody “the beauty-ideal” and many internalize these messages negatively, believing that they are not good enough. Negative body image may lead to behaviors such as dieting and approximately 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of these, approximately 20-25% progress to partial or full eating disorders.
Love Your Body Week activities include a poster and social media campaign, tabling in the One Loyola room, a mindful dining campaign, a brown bag lunch talk on women’s health and sexuality at the WRC living room on 2/25, Fitness Friday on February 26th, and three productions of the Vagina Monologues put on by Feminist Fridays on February 24th, 25th, and 26th at 7:30pm.
If you or someone you know may be struggling with an eating disorder and you want help, please contact the University Counseling Center (UCC) to make an appointment.