According to the National Eating Disorder Association, body image includes:
Body image is influenced by a variety of factors:
Individuals can have a negative body image-a distorted perception of their shape, or feelings of discomfort, shame, or anxiety about your body-or a positive body image-a true perception of your appearance, seeing yourself as you really are and liking what you see.
For most people, body image is fluid, meaning it falls on a spectrum rather than being 100 percent positive or negative. Your perception of your body image can change on a daily basis or even multiple times in one day.
There is so much that you can do to love your body. Below are a few suggestions.
Taking a body positive approach means you should:
For more information, visit The Body Positive.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Health AWAREness is looking for submissions for its 2015 Love Your Body Poster Contest! Posters must challenge the media's portrayal of unrealistic standards and demonstrate that body image is not determined by body size, race, age, or physical appearance.
Submissions should be no larger than 9” x 12” and include the following information on the poster: (1) “2015 Love Your Body Campaign” (2) “IUP Health AWAREness”(3) “www.iup.edu/healthawareness"
Submissions can either be emailed in PDF or JPEG format to email@example.com or dropped off at Suites on Maple East, G-59.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Health AWAREness would like to congratulate Ms. Lauren Ravoira, the winner of the 2014 Love Your Body Poster Contest.
The Health AWAREness program, a part of the Center for Health and Well-Being, is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Love Your Body Poster Contest-Ms. Lauren Ravoira.
When asked about the motivation behind her poster, Lauren shared, “To tie the drawing into social media's impact on how we view ourselves, I created a potential magazine cover that would support loving ourselves for who we are. I felt it was important to make this gender neutral because it's not just women who are attacked for who they are and how they look. Lastly, I left it black and white but added a pop of color because it's important to show that through all negativity, there's always a positive, silver lining. The bright colors are to show that through all the negativity I've ever gotten, I've always been able to be happy and glow!”
Several students participated in the poster contest to demonstrate that beauty is not determined by body size, race, age, or physical appearance. The poster contest was a part of Love Your Body Week, a campaign sponsored by Health AWAREness to encourage students to love their bodies by promoting healthy body image.
This contest was sponsored by Health AWAREness, IUP CO-OP Store and IUP Dining.
View previous contest winners.
Visit the Love Your Body photo gallery to see all the poster submissions.
Sources:National Eating Disorder Association, The Body Positive, NOW Foundation's Love Your Body Campaign
Disclaimer: This site is a resource for IUP students. It is not intended to replace consultation with your medical providers. IUP Health Service staff members are available to treat and give medical advice to IUP students. Visit the IUP Health Service website for more information.
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