Fighting Negative Body Image at Lewis and Clark

Photos: Andrew Shelton

Kiersten Connolly
Staff Writer
 

 According to supermodel legend Kate Moss, “Nothing taste as good as skinny feels.”

Does it feel good enough to starve yourself, force yourself to purge after every meal, or to develop severe medical issues?

Most people aren’t meant to be a size zero, over 5 feet, 7 inches, and drop dead gorgeous, but these are the kinds of people we are modeling ourselves after and that is becoming a major issue.

Lewis and Clark Community College is fighting for everyone to be comfortable within their own skin and to be aware whenever they may be going overboard with this unrealistic idea of perfection.

Renee Bauer and Mary Hough organized an eating disorder screening at L&C on Feburary 26th and 27th.

This screening was designated to do two things. First, it was to provide education that can help stop eating disorders in healthy people who don’t have an eating disorder. The second purpose is to provide early detection and prompt treatment for those who have the disorder. This helps promote recovery.

The event included various literature and displays to inform you in a relaxed environment. Each person received a questionnaire regarding their behaviors and attitude toward food; afterward you were able to speak with a counselor anonymously.

You can still receive help, information, and recommendations as needed in the Student Development and Counseling office by visiting CW 2320 or calling 468-4121.

Counselor Renée Bauer can be reached at 468-4125 and Counselor Mary Hough can be reached at 468-4128. Students may also contact the L&C Family Health Clinic by visiting FO 1525 or calling 468-6800.

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