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Eastern sponsors program on self-image

Eastern Connecticut State University's Women's Center will host "Love Your Body" at 5 p.m. on Feb. 13 in the Student Center Lobby. Eastern students are invited to participate.  

"Love Your Body" is part of a nationwide campaign that seeks to raise awareness about self-image. In a culture dominated by Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries, women and men are taught to believe that they are inadequate and in need of constant improvement. Routine objectification and sexualization of women in the media and other cultural institutions can lead to anxiety, shame, self-disgust, undermined confidence and discomfort with one's own body.  According to the American Psychological Association (APA), sexualization can lead to eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression, three of the most common mental health disorders in girls and women.     

Feelings of inadequacy are pervasive, and can manifest themselves in all aspects of society, particularly among students. This program will discuss this reality, along with the everyday realities of college life, from depression and loneliness to anxiety and stress, and offer a space for students to share their experiences with others.   

For more information, contact Starsheemar Byrum at (860) 465-4314 or women-ctr@easternct.edu.  

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