College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

Journalism Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Journalism



Primary Advisor

Tony Prado, College of Liberal Arts, Journalism Department


The following study explores the presence of eating disorders on Cal Poly’s campus and how the implementation of the Body Positive program as a part of Campus Health and Wellbeing (CHWB) will assist those struggling with eating disorders. 13.5 percent of college women suffer from eating disorders, (Eisenberg 2011), and 20 percent of college students say they have suffered from an eating disorder at some point in their lives (NEDA). The Body Positive at Cal Poly is a program specially designated to address concerns around eating disorders by educating a group of student facilitators on how to hold discussions about eating disorders, the social pressure to look and act a certain way, and how to overcome these societal demands and expectations of beauty. The facilitator training used the Body Positives’ 5 Core Competencies to teach these principles: Reclaim Health, Practice Intuitive Self-Care, Cultivate Self-Love, Declare Your Own Authentic Beauty, and Build Community (The Body Positive 2021). Using social media and the help counselors and student educators at Campus Health and Wellbeing, the goal of this study was to bring the Body Positive, which is a national nonprofit organization with chapters at universities and high schools across the nation, to Cal Poly, by making the Body Positive a subsection of Campus Health and Wellbeing. Once established, the program would be supervised by Amelia Ramirez, a Cal Poly counselor, and run by student facilitators, who would hold meetings like one would a club: weekly meetings with students, holding events, and having a consistent social media presence to keep interest in the program.