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Wellness Center
Hughes hall, Room 105

Pritma "Mickey" Irizarry
Director, Wellness Center

Wellness Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20018-8067

Body Image

body image

Body image is a construct that comprises a mixture of self-perceptions, ideas and feelings about, and behaviors in regard to one's physical attributes.

Disturbances in body image can entail many features. People with body image issues may over-evaluate their appearance or feel that it defines their sense of self. They may have internalized unrealistic standards and ideals of beauty, as promoted by women's and men's magazines. Additionally, those who struggle with body image tend to have a distorted and overly negative view of their appearance in relation to reality and the aforementioned beauty standards common to popular media. Finally, many struggle with general dissatisfaction with their body, which in turn affects overall self-esteem.

The Wellness Center aims to help students explore body image concepts and to embrace a positive body image through challenging media and other social portrayals of the bodies.