Create a Culture of Body Acceptance at UF

Create a Culture of Body Acceptance

What is body image?

Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. It encompasses:

  • What you believe about your own appearance (including your memories, assumptions, and generalizations).
  • How you feel about your body, including your height, shape, and weight.
  • How you sense and control your body as you move.  How you feel in your body, not just about your body.

Positive Body Image

  • A clear, true perception of your shape--you see the various parts of your body as they really are.
  • You celebrate and appreciate your natural body shape and you understand that a person’s physical appearance says very little about their character and value as a person.
  • You feel proud and accepting of your unique body and refuse to spend an unreasonable amount of time worrying about food, weight, and calories.
  • You feel comfortable and confident in your body.

Negative Body Image

  • A distorted perception of your shape--you perceive parts of your body unlike they really are.
  • You are convinced that only other people are attractive and that your body size or shape is a sign of personal failure.
  • You feel ashamed, self-conscious, and anxious about your body.
  • You feel uncomfortable and awkward in your body.

To take action to create a “body-friendly” social environment:

  • Accept, embrace, and celebrate uniqueness and diversity in everyBODY.
  • Reprogram your mind to see that beauty comes in all forms and reject the unrealistic standard of beauty pushed on you by society and popular media.
  • Embrace, love, and take care of your body as a vehicle for your goals and aspirations (not an ornament for others’ viewing pleasure)-and empower/inspire others to do the same.
  • Model positive body talk for people around you  and challenge critical comments your peers make about appearance or negative body talk.
  • Surround yourself with people who remind you of your inner strength and uniqueness.

 Campus Resources

  •  UF's Counseling and Wellness Center offers individual and group counseling with a focus on body image and eating concerns. A variety of counseling, nutrition, and medical services are also available to students on campus and in the community. CWC counselors will work with students to assess their concerns and identify resources that offer the best fit for their needs and goals. If you would like to set up an appointment, please call (352) 392-1575. 
  • Student Health Care Center Nutrition Services offers enrolled UF students a chance to meet with a registered dietitian for nutrition education and counseling. Call Red Team to schedule an appointment: (352) 294-7465. 

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