Body Image: Challenging Societal Norms and Finding Body Acceptance


Course Code: MBDI-1 Category: Tag:


How much time do you spend thinking about your body and appearance? Do you ever compare your physical appearance to others around you and to those in the media? Do you try to change your diet or exercise routines in an effort to lose weight? When it comes to body image, there are so many different factors that influence how you think about your body shape and size. The messages that we receive about how our bodies are “supposed to” look are often internalized and lead us to believe that our bodies need to be fixed. In this workshop, we’ll explore what led us to think this way about our bodies and how we can work towards moving beyond current societal norms that idealize certain sizes and appearances over others. In a supportive environment, we’ll consider ways to challenge these harmful messages in our culture in order to improve our body image.

Jamie Dannenberg’s personal mission is to provide a safe and inclusive space for people of all sizes, shapes, genders, sexualities, races, religions, abilities, and backgrounds. In particular, Jamie understands the intersection between sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, and eating disorders. As such, Jamie creates a safe and affirming environment for transgender, non-binary, and queer individuals, who struggle with their relationship with food, eating disorders/disordered eating, chronic dieting and negative body image.

Jamie received her Bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH and completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and a Masters Degree in Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University in 2016. Prior working at Metrowest Nutrition, Jamie worked in community nutrition at South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) in Framingham where she gained in depth awareness of the social determinants of health which strengthened her passion for social justice.

Start Date: 02/04/21, 1 meeting
Class Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Day of Week: Thursday
Location: Zoom
Instructor: Jamie Dannenberg
Status: Running/Openings