Episode 002: Body Image and Eating Disorders


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Illuminated By U Episode 002- Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Eating Disorders


  • Intro
    • Welcome to IBU, we’re your hosts…
    • Book Reminder
  • Recap of Episode 001- Introductions
    • Last week, we introduced ourselves and talked about the experiences each of us has had with mental illness.
  • Our topics today are body image, self-esteem, and eating disorders!
    • How often do you watch tv or movies, listen to the radio, or read magazines? Do you see billboards or pass bus stops?
      • What messages does the media send about body image?
      • Do you think you are susceptible to these messages?
      • How many advertisements do you think you encounter in a single day?
        • 3,000
        • Only 8% of an ads message is received by the conscious mind
      • Where do we get messages about body image?
        • TV- Over 80% of Americans watch daily and those people watch an average of over three hours a day.
        • Animated Cartoons
        • Video Games
        • Magazines
        • Radio
        • Movies
        • Advertisements
          • Advertisements set unrealistic ideals. It’s impossible to look as good as the models in advertisements because even the models don’t look that way.  We’ll speak about that a little more later when we talk about a specific Dove Ad
          • The body types that we see in advertisements are unattainable for all but about 5% of women
        • According to the National Eating Disorders Association, “ The effect of media on women’s body dissatisfaction, thin ideal internalization, and disordered eating appears to be stronger among young adults than children and adolescents. This may suggest that long-term exposure during childhood and adolescence lays the foundation for the negative effects of media during early adulthood.”
      • When do we get messages about body image?
        • According to the National Eating Disorders Association, “On a typical day, 8-18 year olds are engaged with some form of media for about 7.5 hours. Most of this time is spent watching television, but children play video games more than an hour a day and are on their computers for more than an hour a day.”
      • At what age do we get messages about body image?
        • We start getting these messages from the time we are able to engage with media. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, “even media aimed at elementary school aged children emphasizes the importance of being attractive.”
      • Killing Us Softly 4
        • Great resource
        • Documentary about advertising’s effect on women
        • Available in many University libraries
      • Dove Ad
        • Can be found at the end of my Body Image blog
        • Woman sits down in front of camera
        • Lights come on at flattering angles
        • Hair and make up done
        • Photos taken
        • Retouching and alteration of woman’s face and neck
        • We also suggest watching the Dove Onslaught video about advertisings effect on children
      • Aerie ad
      • Unrealistic and unattainable body image standards set by media, social media, and advertising agencies
      • Statistics on body image issues
        • Body image issues don’t discriminate
      • Read Pe-Tish-ion Post from Glennon Doyle Melton
      • Our personal issues with body image
      • Overcoming societal expectations
    • Reminder to stand up against bullies even when it’s someone else being bullied
    • Facst about celebrities battling BI issues
    • Breathing Exercise
    • Next time, we’ll talk about The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
    • Reminder to submit questions for book discussion