Friday, October 21, 2011

Author Leslie Goldman discusses the effect of media on body image

by Alicia Hesse

Fifty-four percent of women would rather be hit by a truck than be fat.

This was one of the statistics on pencils given by author Leslie Goldman at "The Naked Truth" program in Grafton-Stovall Theatre on Tuesday.

Goldman, author of the book "Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth About Women, Body Image, and Re-imagining the ‘Perfect' Body," discussed the challenges women face in accepting their bodies to an audience of about 250 students. The program was sponsored by the University Health Center and Student Wellness and Outreach as part of Fat Talk Free Week, a national campaign.

Goldman battled with an eating disorder through her college years. She said it began when she first got to college and noticed men were paying attention to thinner girls. She began working out obsessively and scarcely eating.
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To what degree does the media effect body image? What are ways to improve your own body image today?

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