DU raises student awareness of body image issues


For this slideshow, I wanted to discuss the dangers of eating disorders and what DU is doing to combat them. Eating disorders can be a very sensitive topic, and through this slideshow I wanted to raise awareness, but also provide information about them to those who may not be well-informed. I chose to take pictures of food, people and also resources to reflect this.

I chose to photograph people and food related images because I felt they made the story impacting, and also relatable. I tried to take a variety of shots: wide-shots, close-ups and mid-shots, but I felt the close-up photos were more effective in drawing out emotion. Therefore, I used more close-ups in the slideshow rather than wide-shots and mid-shots. Also, one of the sources I interviewed wanted to remain anonymous, so to keep with that theme, I didn’t include many of the faces of the subjects I photographed. Eating disorders can also be a very secretive disorder, which is another reason I chose not to include most of the faces of my subjects.

This slideshow links up with the issue story because it provides images for the issues discussed and gave more of an explanation of the eating disorders through the pictures. I see this issue differently now because I realize how emotional it can be, and how it can be impacting to so many people, whether you just have eating issues, or have a full blown eating disorder.

One Response to DU raises student awareness of body image issues

  • Brenda Velasquez
    Brenda Velasquez says:

    Alex, this slideshow was extremely helpful. Thank you for clarifying the difference between bulimia and binge-eating; I had always thought they were just alternative names for each other. You introduced the topic nicely in the first slide and continued in a simple, easy-to-read format on the second slide, laying out the three main categories comprising your overall topic of eating disorders. You organized the photos and their text very well, especially the #s 7-9, so that the presentation flowed together. Your transition into what DU is doing about this issue was also smooth, capturing the major methods of activism: The Tri Delta Fat Talk Free Week, the NEDA walk and Health Center resources. You also highlighted why the reader should care about this issue: it’s the mental illness with the highest mortality rate-that’s pretty shocking to hear.
    Lastly, your photo content achieved a high level of relevance, pinpointing current societal trends that propagate the phenomenon of eating disorders: fast food, diet food, and diet pills among others.
    Very good job; I enjoyed reading/viewing this!

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