Posted by: kierstin1220 | April 1, 2009

Reflections Exposes Thin Ideal

As I was searching the Internet for something to blog about tonight, I stumbled across this article from the Kansas State newspaper that sparked my interest. The article discussed a program that had been implemented by the sorority Delta Delta Delta, commonly referred to as Tri Delta, on the Kansas State campus called Reflections. The program is “a peer-led intervention aimed to help women improve their perceptions of body image and question the ‘thin ideal,'” according to Kansas State’s article.

The main objective of Reflections is to enable sorority sisters to maintain a healthy body image and not to succumb to the images the media bombards us with on a daily basis, according to the Reflection’s Web site.

The program does not focus on eating disorders; rather, it emphasizes creating and reaffirming positive and healthy personal body image through a variety of structured discussions, activities, and exercises. Reflections

To date the program has yielded amazing results, which will only continue as the program is implemented in college campuses across the United States. All facts are from the Reflections Web site:

  1. Eight months after the program at one school, 53 percent of the participants stated they no longer felt that their weight heavily influenced the way they felt about themselves.
  2. Forty-eight percent of participants at another school who said they felt “fat everyday” before the program no longer felt that way or did less than half the time they did before.
  3. Half of the participants who felt that they body image affected their ability to concentrate on other things no longer felt this way after the program.

In addition to the Reflectionsprogram, the sorority sisters of Tri Delta along with Seventeen Magazine, National Organization for Women (NOW), National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) participated in Fat Talk Free Week. It was a five-day public awareness effort to highlight the dangerous influence the media has on women’s body image.

I think this is a great initiative to get young women talking about the problems with their body image. I hope that the Reflections program becomes available to people outside of sororities, as is being started at Kansas State. Click here to bring Reflections to a college campus near you!


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