Workshop 2: Self Image and Eating Disorder
“Slim is equal to Beauty?” Nowadays, slimming culture became popular in Hong Kong. More and more people had excessive dieting and eventually suffered from eating disorder. One of the programme workshops, “Self-image and Eating Disorder” discussed on this topic.
The workshop was held on 2nd March, 2013 (Saturday). We invited Professor Freedom Leung, Associate Professor of Department of Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong; and two Clinical Psychologists, Ms Anita Lee and Ms Debbie Pong from Clinical and Health Psychology Centre, Department of Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, to be the speakers to introduce the topic on Self-image and Eating Disorder.
Firstly, speaker utilized different slimming advertisements to draw students’ attraction, guided them to reflect the relationship between “Slim” and “Beauty, and to evaluate whether the popular slimming methods were appropriate. Then, speaker introduced the factors affecting body shape and weight, how to calculate Body Mass Index thereby evaluate whether the students were over-weight or under-weight. By introducing the causes and effects of eating disorder, students had a better understanding on healthy diet and how to avoid suffering from the eating disorder. Self-image usually is built up by others’ recognition, speaker utilized group game to teach students what is “appreciation”. From reviewing own and others' advantages, students learned to build up positive self-image.
According to the results of workshop survey, nearly all (99%) students reflected they benefited from the workshop, in which more than quarter of them agreed that the workshop content were very useful to them.