ERIC Number: EJ787525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 23
Battling Body Image: Confessions of a Health Educator
Rasberry, Catherine N.
Journal of American College Health, v56 n4 p423-426 Jan-Feb 2008
As a college health educator, the author knows much about healthy behaviors. In spite of this, however, the author discusses finding herself struggling with the same problems of body image that her students express. With a variety of influences tied to negative body image, it is important that college health professionals create a plan of action for reducing the negative effects of such influences. The author proposes that health professionals take a more active role in combating body image problems by using 3 important strategies: incorporating body image into basic health curricula and classes, focusing research efforts on intervention, and exploring the use of advocacy to initiate change at the societal level.
Descriptors: Self Concept, Health Personnel, Health Behavior, Higher Education, Influences, Health Education, Intervention, Social Change, Advocacy, Human Body
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