Body Image

One of the important characteristics of a Jesuit education is the magis, from the Latin word for the ‘more’ or the ‘greater.’ As James Martin, S.J. says in The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life, “When you work, give your all…” The resources below give you more so you can live the Jesuit magis towards a fully thriving GU experience in wellness and in health.

Whether you're seeking resources for yourself or for a friend, remember that part of being in community, especially at a Jesuit institution, is the call for us to engage in conversations and dialogues around these topics. We hope you will use this Wellness Toolbox as a way to learn more about concerns Zags often face in order to reduce stigma and create open dialogue around those challenges.

To seek magis by learning more about Body Image, see the resources below:

M - Meaning and Description

 Learn more about Body Image and how it can impact you

A - Apps and Downloads

 Apps and downloads that can help you improve your Body Image

G - Great Resources

Articles, handouts, worksheets and other resources to help with your Body Image. Also includes information on support groups and hotlines

I - Interactive Media

 Video, audio, and podcasts with tips on Body Image

S - Supporting a Friend

 Information and resources for how to help a friend who is struggling with Body Image

M – Meaning and Description

"Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. It encompasses: What you believe about your own appearance, How you feel about your body, and How you sense and control your body as you move. How you feel in your body, not just about your body." (National Eating Disorder Association, 2016) The resources below give more information about body image--both positive and negative, recognizing the difference between body image concerns and eating disorders, and what you can do to address both.

From the National Eating Disorders Association

From The Emily Program

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A – Apps and Downloads

This is just a sampling of apps available to support positive Body Image. On-campus and off-campus resources are also available to help support you with any concerns you may have in this area.

Recovery Record - A smart companion for managing your journey to recovery from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. This app is also intended for people with general eating, weight and shape concerns

 Free on Android and iTunes

Good Blocks - A gamified training application designed to improve your self-esteem, body image, social anxiety and mood. Good Blocks trains your mind to quickly and automatically reject negative thinking and adopt more adaptive, flexible thinking. Improve your mood just by playing.

 Free on Android and iTunes

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G - Great Resources

Mental Health Screening - This check up from the neck up is a brief, anonymous and confidential screening that helps you determine if you should connect with a mental health professional. Immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. 

Fostering a Positive Self-Image -This resource reviews how we create our self-image and ways to improve that self-image.

EatRight - Looking to get accurate information on food, health, and fitness? has a wealth of information from nutrition and wellness experts.

About-Face - About-Face means a reversal of direction, attitude, or point of view. This organization equips women with tools to understand & resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem & body image.

Male Body Image - Body image isn't just a topic for women, men can struggle with body image, too. This resource is all for the guys to support your positive self-image.

Psychotherapy Overview  - Psychotherapy--which is what typically takes place during a counseling session--is an effective way to improve your mental health but it can be intimidating. Learn more about different types of psychotherapy and how they might help you. 

Hotlines That Help - There are a number of local and national crisis hotlines that can help you 24 hours a day. Learn more in this resource with specific hotlines numbers (including texting options).

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I – Interactive Media (videos, audio, podcasts)

Looks Aren't Everything - Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless Ted Talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.

Fat Talk-Free Week - "Fat talk" can have a significant effect on your self-esteem and confidence. Commit to a fat talk-free week and see if it makes a difference in your self-image.

Dove Evolution - Body image can be impacted by the unrealistic perfect images we see in advertisements. This video shows the reality behind those images.

Mind-Body Musings - In this podcast, you’ll hear interviews from like-minded individuals who share their wisdom on the topics of intuition, self-care, body positivity, dreams, mindsets, living with total freedom, worthiness, facing fear, becoming rejection-proof, spirituality and living with a purpose bigger than yourself.

Eating Disorders on Campus - Eating disorder experts share insights and resources for students who care about making a difference in the fight against eating disorders on college campuses.

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are - Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

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S – Supporting a Friend

Tips on How to Help a Friend - When we’re having a hard time, the first place most of us turn is to family and friends. If you have friends who have come to you for help, we've got tips to help you with those conversations.

What Do I Say? - Having difficult conversations with friends is never easy. This is a quick resource to help you find the right words.

Zags Help Zags: Disordered Eating - Warning signs and tips for talking with another Zag when they are struggling with a Eating Disorder.

Refer Form - This is one way you can share that you are concerned about a student. Someone from the Center for Cura Personalis, or their designee, will reach out to provide the student with support and resources.

Campus Resources List - There are so many resources available on campus to support Gonzaga students. The campus resources we have available can support you at each phase in their journey. This page includes list of commonly used resources, including contact information and a little information about what each office does.

Campus Resources Matrix - If you still aren't sure which office might be the best place to go, take a look at our which identifies offices that can help with specific questions or concerns.

What is Health & Counseling? - Health & Counseling Services functions as your private physician's office and counseling center. Learn more about the services available through this office.

What To Expect - This video gives an overview of what to expect when scheduling and coming in for your first visit at the Center for Cura Personalis or Health & Counseling Services.

Community Resources - In addition to the great resources available on campus, there are a number of resources available in the Spokane community to assist you with your personal well-being while you are at Gonzaga.

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