Love Your Body Fair
We hope to raise awareness for self-love and self-acceptance through this welcoming Fair taking place on February 15th – right after Valentine’s Day. We hope students feel proud of their unique body and feel a sense of pride and love. We want students to feel comfortable and confident in their body. Whoever you are and whatever your body looks like, you are beautiful! We want everyone to celebrate and appreciate your natural body shape and understand that a person’s physical appearance says very little about their character and value as a person.
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.
People with negative body image have a greater likelihood of developing an eating disorder and are more likely to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and obsessions with weight loss. We hope to raise awareness about eating disorders and help students see that the “perfect” images seen every day online or in the media are digital illusions. Don’t let the media influence your body image.
Use the hashtag #BeYOUtiful to learn more about body image, share your own story, post your support or reflect on information you have learned.
THURSDAY, February 15
11am-12:30pm: Annual Love Your Body Fair in Campion during free period.
Stop by to participate in activities that promote healthy body image and positive self-esteem. Free snacks and giveaways! Numerous student organizations will have tables with information about how positive body image and eating disorders impact their populations.
This event is sponsored by: Wellness Educators and the Wellness, Alcohol & Drug Education (WADE) Program.
Love Your Body by treating it with respect. Honor your body and be grateful for all your body has done for you. Be thankful for your strong legs and your powerful feet that move you around this world. Be proud of your arms that can hug your friends and lift others up when they are down. Be grateful for your smile which can bring joy to so many others. Love your body by providing it what it needs to be nourished and not allowing it to over-indulge in things that are not healthy. Love your body by keeping it moving and active so it can continue to build strength. Love your body by trusting your gut and following your heart. Love your body for being unique and special and YOU. Your body is #BeYOUtiful.
**If you are struggling with an eating disorder or are looking for support, please reach out to Wellness, Alcohol and Drug Education (WADE) at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop into Campion 212. You can also contact the Wellness Educators for more resources at WellnessEducators@sju.edu. There is help. There is hope. You are not alone.**