Treat Your Self with Compassion

Body image starts to form in early childhood, and it can affect how you view your body’s attractiveness and health. Many of us struggle with body image concerns, and this preoccupation can lead to eating disorders, low self-esteem, mental health problems, and obsession with weight loss. Since dieting doesn’t work and some research indicates that losing ... [Read more...]

Why Diets Don't Work

There is a common assumption that anyone who is determined enough can lose weight and keep it off. Research has shown, however, that most people who try to lose weight actually end up regaining it, regardless of the diet or exercise program. Approximately 95% of people who lose weight regain it within 5 years. Some ... [Read more...]

Health at Every Size

There are a lot of messages out there about what an ideal body type is and is not. Some messaging promotes negative cultural biases against being overweight and the assumption that if someone is overweight, they may be labeled as out of control, lazy, or undisciplined. This message can be extremely harmful and lead to ... [Read more...]

Faculty Spotlight: Being Body Positive

This month we recognize Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 26th – March 4th). Eating disorders are serious, complex conditions that impact health, emotional wellbeing, and relationships. They can even result in death. Nationally, eating disorders impact approximately 20 million women and 10 million men. Even more people struggle with disordered eating patterns and body image ... [Read more...]

Marijuana: Know the Facts

College students nationally have been using more marijuana over the past several years. Since 2000, the number of college students who have reported using marijuana in the past year has risen from 30% to 38% in 2015. In Washington, marijuana was recently legalized for adults over the age of 21. According to initial research, young ... [Read more...]

Myth vs. Fact: Marijuana and Alcohol

Marijuana and alcohol are both widely used on college campuses nationwide. There are a lot of different misconceptions about marijuana and alcohol use, including sayings like: “marijuana is safer than other drugs” and “I can just drink some coffee to sober up.”  This post is all about examining those myths and setting the record straight. ... [Read more...]