15 February 2012
Today's South Bend Tribune brings news of "Love Your Body" week at Saint Mary's College, in conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “everyBODY is…,” a phrase which can be completed using any individual’s definition of beauty.
According to the American Psychological Association, 30 – 40% of women are somewhat unhappy with their appearance while another 45% experience anxiety or depression due to dissatisfaction with their appearance. Eating disorders and obesity often begin in childhood and can be influenced by both society and family relationships. If you thought only girls were affected, APA also finds that a boy's body image can be as negatively impacted by video games as a girl's self-image is influenced by beauty magazines.