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Body Beautiful: Local university focuses on eating disorders

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For many women the obsession to be thin turns into a terrible disease.

John Carroll University is raising awareness about the dangers of eating disorders and recognizing "the body beautiful."

Hollywood, where thin is in, is full of glitz and glamour and the images we see on TV sometimes have a dangerous impact.

"And when we don't live up to those images, many people feel a sense of shame and disappointment in themselves," said Victoria Kress, Professor Youngstown State University.

John Carroll University is hosting an event called "body beautiful" as part of national eating disorders awareness week.

"The other part of the initiative is helping people feel confident and beautiful in their own skin and in their own bodies," said Dr. Denise Ben-Porath, Psychology Professor John Carroll University. 

Sophomore Olivia Armand overcame an eating disorder and says on campus her peers constantly talk about size and weight.

"In the cafeteria, you'll hear it the most. Oh, I can't eat this. It's over 1200 calories. Oh, I look fat today. This makes me look fat. I want to put an end to fat talk. It really needs to stop," said Olivia Armand, John Carroll University Sophomore.

One thing that students at John Carroll and others have done this week is sign a ledge not to talk about weight issues for one week.

A message on campus: You are who, you are -- Stop comparing yourself to others.

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