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Discussing beauty and body image

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Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011

Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2011 21:09

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Next Wednesday, Oct. 5, the Strafford Room will be host to the production "Inner Beauty: Love Your Body, Ease Your Mind," formerly the Mind/Body Dialogues, at 7 p.m.

This monologue-based play will examine the relationship individuals of differing backgrounds have with their bodies. These individuals grapple with issues of body confidence, self-esteem, compulsive exercise, addiction and disordered eating.

This performance is UNH's 8th performance and was written and will be performed by UNH students, faculty, and staff.

"The goal of this performance is to bring awareness to the body image issues that individuals suffer with every day," said Suzanne Sonneborn, Health Services' Nutrition Educator. "Peer pressure and media portray this thin ideal that so many individuals try to achieve. This is largely unattainable and is costly to individuals, the university community and our culture."

Sonneborn sent information regarding the event to many in the surrounding community, including local high schools. She encourages students, faculty and staff to attend this performance as well.

The play is meant to uncover the ways in which we all think about, feel towards, and care for ourselves. Using the principles of self-exploration, revelation and outspokenness, the actors grapple with a variety of issues.

This event is sponsored by the MUB Current Issues Lecture Series, Office of Health Education and Promotion, Health Services, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), President's Commission on the Status of Women, Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) and the Women's Studies Program.

"I hope that this will be an opportunity for everyone to think about these issues and how they impact their lives," said Sonneborn.

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