Eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and other iterations of low self-esteem about one’s body are commonplace in this generation. With discussions of obesity, staying healthy, thigh gaps and a myriad of weight-related diseases like diabetes plastered on the news, it’s no wonder that body image disorders are higher than ever.
Specifically in college-age years, the “freshman 15,” combined with a new daily routine, a new diet and a more rigorous academic schedule, a space is created which is ripe for body image issues.
Weight-gain is common for adolescents, particularly when a change in lifestyle is implemented. Maybe the students are no longer in sports or maybe they’re eating more pizza, but whatever the reason, negative body image can be dangerous to one’s overall mental health and self-esteem.
- “Are you self-conscious about your body?”
- “Do you know someone who avoids looking in the mirror?”
If either of these questions rings true for you, Loras College has something that can help! The Loras Health and Counseling Services has started a support group for people with negative body issues.
This group will meet first on Tuesday, September 22nd from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Loras Health and Counseling Services Lobby. Stop on by to join a discussion about healthy body image and how to improve self-confidence.