Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Documentary tackles unhealthy body image

A new documentary titled 'America the Beautiful', explores why Americans are unhappy with their bodies and scrutinizes why that is. Filmmaker Darryl Roberts critizes America's unhealthy obsession with beauty and perpetual quest for physical perfection.

During the early stages of making his film, Roberts asked 200 women from all walks of life if they felt attractive or possessed a healthy attitude about their bodies. Only 2 said yes.

In the US, as many as 10 million females struggle with anorexia or bulimia.

At the core of this documentary lies a simple message, according to Roberts. "Everyone living has something unique and beautiful about them. We have to learn to tap into this personal beauty. We have to learn to love ourselves."

Recent studies conducted by the University of California, Santa Barbara's Health Education Department show that among its students, students with eating disorders have increased from 18.5 percent in 1995 to 21.3 percent in 2002 and 30 percent in 2008. This means that at least one in four UCSB students is battling this problem.

From February 23-27, UCSB is hosting National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW). This annual event is tailored to raise awareness about the different kinds of eating disorders and to educate those who are affected. Darryl Roberts will share his world-renowned film as part of NEDAW.

Kudos to Darryl Roberts for bringing this topic into the spotlight. If there were more documentaries that explored society's unhealthy obsession with weight and shape, it would help curtail dangerous dieting behaviour and promote positive body image.

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