Body image is a complex topic closely intertwined with food, nutrition, and mental health. As the National Eating Disorder Association defines it: “body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind.” Body image is influenced by a variety of things, many of which are outside of your control. Everything from the types of messages you received as a child about your body to the marketing messages you see on social media influence how you perceive your body. Additionally, how you feel in your body – as well as how you feel about your weight, size, and shape, can affect your body image as well.
Learn more about body image by checking out some of these resources:
- Review the information and resources on the National Eating Disorders Association website
- Watch the Embrace: The Documentary (available via various streaming TV sources)
- Read ‘Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight’ by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor (available wherever books are sold)
- Listen to the Food Psych Podcast with Christy Harrison
If you find that your body image is affecting your daily life, complete the nutrition counseling form at the bottom of this page to meet with one of our campus dietitians.