Documentary Film on Body Image March 24

Posted: March 10, 2009

Beauty Mark, a film for anyone who has ever felt invisible because they didn’t conform to our culture’s impossible, unhealthy, abnormal beauty standards, will be shown March 24 at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium.

The film examines popular culture's toxic emphasis on weight and looks through the eyes of Boulder-based psychotherapist and former world-class triathlete Diane Israel, who tells her own story while interviewing other champion athletes, body builders, fashion models, and inner-city teens about their experiences relating to self-image. Israel will be attending the showing to give a talk and answer questions.

This deeply personal and funny film asks some tough questions: How do our families influence our relationships with our own bodies? How do popular culture "standards" get inside of our hearts and heads? In what ways can sports actually make us sicker instead of healthier? Former champion athletes, including David Scott, Ellen Hart Peña, and Brenda Maller, share their stories while notable luminaries such as playwright/activist Eve Ensler, author Paul Campos, and cultural critic Naomi Wolf provide their insights.

An elite runner and triathlete until age 28, Israel won the Pikes Peak Marathon and several other major races after settling in Colorado in the early 1980s. She retired from competition after collapsing from anorexia--sometimes called athletic bulimia--a disorder many athletes suffer from, but which few experts knew anything about at that time. Diane went back to school to become a psychotherapist and is now a professor of human development at Naropa University, a counselor, and coowner of a women’s fitness center. She continues to run, but strives to live her life at a less frantic pace.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by MHC Physical Education and Athletics, College Health Services, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Every Body (MHC student organization), and the Purington Fund.

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