Carolina BeYOUtiful: Celebrate Your Body Week

February 2017 – Information on Events Coming Soon!

a. Carolina BeYOUtiful is the University of South Carolina’s annual initiative encouraging positive body image, self-awareness and appreciation of our differences. Our events are associated with the National Eating Disorders Association’s (NEDA) annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Why Carolina BeYOUtiful?

  • Since 1950, rates of new and developing cases of eating disorders have been increasing.
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
  • Up to 24 million people of all genders in the United States suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder. (However, men are less likely to seek treatment for eating disorders because of the perception that they are “women’s diseases.”)
  • 95 percent of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12-25.
  • The muscularity of ideal male body representations has increased from the 1970s to 1990s, presenting a largely unattainable muscular body type.
  • The thin ideal is unachievable for most women and is likely to lead to feelings of self-devaluation, depression and helplessness.
  • The weight-loss industry brings in at least $55.4 billion in revenue per year.
  • 95 percent of all dieters will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years.
  • 35 percent of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25 percent progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders.
  • When our ideal body image is based on images that are drastically altered by Photoshop, then no one can measure up — not even the models and celebrities in those photos!
  • Check out this video: Body Evolution - Model Before and After

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Thank you to all the partners that made Carolina BeYOUtiful possible:
Student Health Services, Campus Recreation, Campus Wellness, Counseling and Human Development Center, Changing Carolina Peer Leaders, Carolina Productions, Carolina Women’s Community, Women’s Quad, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention, Sustainable Carolina, Women’s and Gender Studies.