Reflections, a body positivity and eating disorder awareness student group, began their Love Your Body Week with a series of panels, discussions and other events Oct. 28.
On Wednesday evening, the University sponsored an event called “Reflections: Unity, Social Justice and Peace.” As I took my seat among the small crowd in Graham Chapel, I did some reflecting of my own.
Stacy Nadeau, one of the models in Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign, discussed her experiences as a model in a society becoming more accepting of different body images as gave advice to the next generation yesterday. Alpha Phi and Reflections, a student organization focused on body image issues education, brought Nadeau to give a speech at Graham Chapel as part of Love Your Body Week—a week-long series of events aiming to combat underlying issues of negative body image among students.
Reflections, a body positivity club, will host a series of events and discussions aimed at promoting the club’s message of self-care and self-love this week.
Reflections WashU hosted a panel on men’s body image and insecurities Tuesday night that addressed issues of masculinity, race and eating disorders among men.
Reflections is a club that aims to spread awareness and provide peer support regarding the issues of body image and related eating disorders. This past week was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and Reflections hosted a number of events to call students’ attention to these issues.
Fat Talk Free Week is almost over. My question: What happens next week? Will the students who pledged to abandon “fat talk” for seven days return to their old ways, criticizing their inevitably imperfect bodies and finding flaws in every pound and tight fit? I can’t help but think that the pressures of our college lifestyles will force “fat talk” back into daily dialogue. The student group Reflections, which introduced Fat Talk Free Week to Washington University, is a positive force on campus. However, as a visible resource at Wash. U. working to raise eating disorder awareness, the group is alone.
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