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Body Image and Eating Disorders

The prevalence of negative body image, often accompanied by eating disorders, is higher than it ever has been. This can be attributed to bad experiences from childhood, false body ideals from social media, and other crucial experiences shared by young adults. Regardless of sex and gender identity, having a positive opinion about your body helps college students emerge as adults free to live confidently and pursue their body goals in a healthy way. This is especially difficult for students as they are facing new social situations, moving away from home to attend school, and experiencing other college-associated stressors every day. In this presentation, students will:


  • Be able to differentiate between positive and negative body image.

  • Be able to identify different types of eating disorders.

  • Learn about the harmful effects of a negative body image on their overall well-being.

  • Learn helpful skills they or their peers who struggle with these issues can use.

  • Learn strategies and techniques to improve self-worth and self-esteem.


To request a presentation, fill out the Presentation Request Form.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Health Education and Promotion at healthed@wku.edu or call (270) 745-4439.






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 Last Modified 5/3/22