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Perceptions about Body Image Linked to Increased Alcohol, Tobacco Use for Teens

Findings provide support for increased body-image awareness to improve overall health

June 21, 2017

How teenagers perceive their appearance, including their body image, can have significant impacts on health and wellness. Prior body image research has shown that people with negative body image are more likely to develop eating disorders and are more likely to suffer from depression and low self-esteem. Now, Virginia Ramseyer Winter, a body image expert and an assistant professor in the University of Missouri’s School of Social Work, found negative body image also is associated with increased tobacco and alcohol use, with implications for both young men and women. Notably, she also found relationships between substance use and perceived attractiveness, with girls who believe they are very good looking being more likely to drink.  Full Story
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Mizzou Freshman Orientation Program Contributes to Higher Retention, Graduation Rates

FIGs program has become a national model to help students transition to college life

June 20, 2017

Twenty-two years ago, the University of Missouri began one of its longest running and most successful experiments: Freshman Interest Groups. This program gave students the option to join thematic learning groups, also called FIGs. Today, the program has become an integral part of the Mizzou experience for thousands of students and contributes to near-record retention rates.  Full Story

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