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Wake Forest lecture to address media and body image

September 7, 2007

Kristen Harrison, an expert on the impact of the media on body image and eating disorders, will speak at Wake Forest University Sept. 27.

"The Body Electr(on)ic: Lessons from a Decade of Research on Media, Body Image and Eating Disorders,” will begin at 4 p.m. in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum.   The lecture is free and open to the public.

Harrison, associate professor of speech communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana –Champaign, has recently completed a five-year research project studying how media images and messages lead child viewers to develop discrepancies between their actual and ideal self-images.  She also investigated how these discrepancies increase the risk of developing low self-esteem, a poor body image and disordered eating.

She is currently studying the nutritional content of foods marketed to children, and children’s nutritional knowledge and reasoning.

A reception will follow the lecture.  For information, call (336) 758-5405.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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