Spring 2023

Type of Culminating Activity

Student research paper


This service learning project researched sources of shame humans feel about their bodies. So often what we see in the media is curated, seemingly perfect, and fake. I created a non-traditional wellness blog and website called where I used my background in psychology, biology, anatomy, as well as research, to debunk how culture and the media defines the perfect body. The link for my blog was shared on multiple social media platforms and accessed by many different stakeholders. My blog addresses eating disorders, diet culture, the medicalization of fatness, implicit biases about weight, disparities in sex education, the flaws of using BMI as an indicator of health, and more. The blog also provides resources for those struggling with mental health and eating disorders.

Degree Program

Bachelor of Applied Science


Margaret Sass, J.D., Ed.D.



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