Edible Ideas: PORTRAITS OF WOMEN – BEAUTY, MEDIA AND EATING DISORDERS

“A woman is always accompanied, except when quite alone, and perhaps even then, by her own image of herself."

-John Berger, 1972

A seminar on12th September 2017, 17:00-18:30

Our daily lives are scattered with thousands of images of bodies. This hurricane of visual information is actively contributing in the creation of a clearly defined model of Beauty. As a result, widespread body dissatisfaction is growing among women with alarming consequences.

-Approaching the ideals of ‘beauty’: How did this complex concept change throughout history?

-The power of images: What role does the media play in shaping the framework of the “beautiful” body?

-The new horizon of eating disorders: Does today’s “wellness” create well-being?

These three questions formed the foreground of a project concluding in a seminar which began with a presentation of the project manager. 

About the project manager:

Hi! I’m Lola, a graduate student at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, in Bra (Italy).For the past six months, I've been researching for my final project in which I combine years of personal conflicts and academic reflections. When I was a teenager, I myself suffered of eating disorders and bodily dissatisfaction. It is today, through my studies, that I've gained a structured and theoretical understanding of my past. But one's past is never just passed, it colours one's present and future. This is why I was thrilled to share my story, my thoughts and the outcomes of my research with all of you.