Body image and shape perception is one of the most common health issues with teenagers and young adults. Culture and social media have led us to perceive our bodies differently rather than accept all the amazing things that they allow us to do on a daily basis.
Our world tends to put validation on looks and appearance due to the increase in popularity of social media. Influencers, celebrities, photoshop, and even toys growing up has led our society to archive unrealistic ideal body types. You are not alone if you feel consistent pressure to better your physical appearance.
Every body is different and each has its’ own nutrition and exercise needs. Loving our bodies is the first step to increasing our confidence and well-being. Below you will find resources on how to improve your physical perception of yourself to better your mental well-being.
- Thielen Student Health Center 515 294 5801
- Student Counseling Services 515 294 5056
- Student Wellness Dietitian 515-294-7713
- Body image and eating disorder awareness club (BIEDA)
- Joyful Eating – Online, Self-guided Program
- Download any of these handouts
- National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
- Office of Women’s Health
- The Body Positive
- Park Nicollet Melrose Center
- Watch the Embrace: The Documentary (available via various streaming TV sources)
- Listen to the Food Psych Podcast with Christy Harrison
- Read ‘Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out
- Read ‘Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight’ by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramo