Student government to host health and body image conference



The University of Notre Dame will host its second annual health and body image conference, titledLive As You Are,March 11 to 13 (Tuesday to Thursday) in McKenna Hall.

Sponsored by student government, this years event, formerly named the Eating Disorders Conference, seeks to expand the scope of its discussion and address issues of disordered eating as well as problems of steroid use, exercise and sexual addictions, and male and female body image stereotypes.The conference aims to raise awareness of the health and body issues affecting the Notre Dame community and to advance research and analysis of the cultural, biological and psychological contributors.

Former fashion cover model Ann Simonton, the conferences keynote speaker, will present a lecture on the media and body image March 11 at 5 p.m.Currently a leading expert on how the media perpetrates poor body image, Simonton has appeared onDr. Phil,Oprah,Larry King Live,Entertainment Tonight,and CNNsCrossfire.

The conference also will include a variety of presentations, workshops and panel discussions by medical professionals, visiting academic researchers and the Universitys own health care professionals.A screening of the movieThin,a documentary by Lauren Greenfield that explores the lives of eating disorder patients, will be shown March 12 at 8 p.m.

The event is presented by student government in cooperation with the Office of the President, the Gender Relations Center, the College of Science, the Gender Studies Department, the Gender Studies Honor Society, the English Department, University Health Center and University Counseling Center.

More information about the conference is available on the Web at .

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