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BODY POSITIVITY: THE COLLEGE YEARS

To help parents and their college-aged child understand the importance of being healthy and having a positive body image, we asked Jenna Vargas, dietician at Sun Devil Fitness and ASU Wellness, to provide some insight and advice. Here’s what she shared.

Q Why is having a positive body image important for college students?

Research indicates that positive body image is linked to greater engagement in healthy habits related to eating and physical activity, while negative body image can be linked to decreased self-esteem and can be a factor in serious concerns such as eating disorders and depression. Early adulthood is a really crucial time for individuals to maintain

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