USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

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Janet Keeler, Professor, Journalism and Digital Communication


University of South Florida St. Petersburg



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This is a personal reflection of my experiences with an eating disorder and body image issues that I have dealt with throughout my figure skating career. I reflect on body dysmorphia issues, my obsession with the scale, the realization that I had an eating disorder, and my journey to heal. These experiences, stories, pictures, and journal entries are used to show how relevant these issues are in the figure skating world and give hope and inspiration to other athletes that have gone through similar struggle. I discuss how these issues are prevalent throughout the sport of figure skating and discuss other people’s personal experiences with eating disorders, body image issues, and weight loss issues in the sport. I address how figure skating brings on these body issues and why they are seen more often in aesthetic sports. I also discuss what could be done to make a difference in the sport so that young teenagers can still participate without having to experience eating disorders or feeling like they need to lose weight.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program University of South Florida, St. Petersburg May 5, 2019.

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