Talking Back To The Body: Starter Resources On Body Image

Between Instagram filters and Photoshop, people have no idea the storm a psyche takes to merely look in a mirror and think hey, I look pretty good today. Girls begin dieting at younger ages, often listing the fear of being fat above the death of a parent. It starts as a passing remark (“You would have a prettier face if you lost weight.”) or hearing more about appearance than accomplishments makes a person think having a more acceptable outside will make a more worthy human being.

The Healthy Minds, Healthy College initiative, represents one way to take on the negative voices or to find help dealing with eating disorders. If upcoming group sessions are not your thing, make an appointment to see a counsellor either here or off campus. In between talking about body image issues, get empowered with these resources in *print, digital or video.

*Note: Visit our Information Desk for help refining your search for body image as it relates to men, nursing, LGBT, community services, or another topic.

Books

Am I Thin Enough Yet?: The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity
BF 697.5 .B63 H47

Starving for Affection: A Journey of Eating Disorders, Drugs and Sex
RC 569.5 .B65 .B38 2009 c. 2

Preventing Eating-Related and Weight-related disorders: Collaborative research, Advocacy, and Policy change
RC 552 .E18 P78 2012

When Girls Feel Fat: Helping Girls Through Adolescence
HQ 798 .F75 1997

Body image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women, and Children
BF 697.5 .B63 G76 1999

Articles of Interest (Login Required)

Cohen, R., Newton-John, T., & Slater, A. (2017). The relationship between Facebook and Instagram appearance-focused activities and body image concerns in young women. Body Image23183-187. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.10.002

Body Image’s Effect on Smoking and Drinking. (2017). USA Today Magazine146(2869), 7.

CLARK, N. (2017). Social Media and Body Image: #Fitspiration at Its Worst. American Fitness35(2), 66.

AudioVisual

AV services have a display near the entrance, with a list of titles on the subject.