LOGAN—If scales could talk, the one hanging on Brooke Parker’s wall would have a lot of stories to tell. But Parker’s scale would not have much to say after the beating it took last March.The ordinary bathroom scale was part of “Every BODY Rocks 2010,” last year’s wellness fair, designed by Parker, a dietician at the USU Wellness Center, and Eri Bentley, coordinator for CAPS—the Counseling and Psychological Services office at Utah State University.”It’s a fair in that it has booths, but it’s more of an awareness, or an outreach, a promotion of positive messages,” Parker said, as plans come together for the 2011 version of the fair, which opens Thursday on campus.Parker and Bentley have high hopes for this year’s event.”We’re doing this for national eating disorder awareness week,” which runs from Feb. 20-26, Bentley said. “It’s a body image fair, basically, and two purposes we have [are] to increase awareness of eating disorders and prevention. And … to facilitate healthy body image for students.”Eating disorders represent a serious problem with a high mortality rate, she said. The issue doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. USU’s event is important because it raises awareness about serious problems that affect body image and people’s health.”Coming to this fair and learning about how media influence us, and what kind of negative impact those things have on us, hopefully will start people thinking in different directions,” Bentley said. The fair will help teach students to be more healthy consumers of the media.
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