American society and media advocate for ideal body images that are often unattainable through healthy levels of dieting and exercise for both male and female individuals. As a consequence of this, many individuals develop negative feelings about their bodies and body satisfaction. Unfortunately, as a result, a negative relationship may develop between body image and exercise and dieting behavior in both men and women, and dissatisfaction with one’ s body is commonly correlated with extreme exercise and dieting behaviors. An increasingly positive culture that emphasizes overall health and well-being rather than body image may help decrease these negative trends. Gender differences, cultural influences, practical recommendations, and interventions related to body image dissatisfaction and eating disorders are discussed, among other topics.
Brian Dooley, ’07 Minneapolis, MN
Majors: Kinesiology, Biology
Sponsor: Steven DeVries