There are two sides of the coin to consider when it comes to body image: the social pressure contributing to eating disorders and self esteem issues (especially in the young) versus the constructive aspect of encouraging people to stay fit and healthy. Where do we draw that finest of lines? Who’s to blame for spreading certain ideals around body image – is it really the media? A new theory says if you’re overweight, that influence not only extends to your family and friends, it also has an impact on the friends of your friends.
Given all of this knowledge, how do we move forward on this complex issue?
This event took place January 24, 2012, at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver.
Moderator – Margaret Gallagher, CBC Journalist
Panelist – Laird Birmingham – Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry; Past Professor, UBC Department of Medicine; Medical Director, Woodstone Residence
Panelist – Gwen Chapman – Professor and Program Director, UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Panelist – Paul Gallant, MHK’95 – UBC PhD Candidate, Human Kinetics; Certified Health Executive
Panelist – Rachel McHollister – Rachel McHollister heads up a boutique public relations firm that focuses mainly on lifestyle and fashion. She has been living with anorexia for a number of years.