Events planned for Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University is preparing for a variety of events to recognize Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week starting Monday, Feb. 26.

The week’s mission is to encourage a positive, sustainable lifestyle through body image and eating disorder awareness and identify resources on campus and locally.

The keynote lecture, “Stop Bullying Your Body: Learn how body image gets its start and how to quiet the bully inside your head,” will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Jessica Setnick

Jessica Setnick

Jessica Setnick is a pediatric dietitian and author of “The Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide.” She has recovered from her own eating disorder and now promotes a positive relationship with food as essential to a healthy and happy life.

Setnick has been recognized for her efforts at communicating nutrition messages in an understandable way. She trains health professionals around the country in her Eating Disorders Boot Camp and owns a private practice, Understanding Nutrition. She previously served as a dietitian for the eating disorders program at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology: human biology and nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania, and her master’s degree in exercise physiology and sports nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.

Schedule of events

 “Honor Your Hunger”

10 a.m.-noon Monday, Feb. 26, LeBaron Hall lobby

Free snacks

“The Student Body”

6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 101 Carver Hall

In this documentary, a high school student takes a stand against state-mandated BMI tests and ends up in a controversy against government officials. The producers and star of the film will be available on Skype afterward to discuss their advocacy and answer questions.

“Rock Your Body”

2-5 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Memorial Union Campanile Room

Wellness resource fair, music, prizes, free food and vendors to promote self-health

Campus events are co-sponsored by the Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness student organization, Division of Student Affairs, Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa, Student Counseling Services, and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by Student Government.