Renee Engeln, PhD at the University Club of Chicago

Award-winning Northwestern University psychology professor Renee Engeln, PhD will discuss her new book, Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women, at the University Club of Chicago. Please call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880 to make your reservation (please note that the dress code for this event is business casual; denim is not permitted).

In Beauty Sick, Dr. Engeln, whose TEDx talk on beauty sickness has received more than 250,000 views, reveals the shocking consequences of our obsession with girls’ appearance on their emotional and physical health and their wallets and ambitions, including depression, eating disorders, disruptions in cognitive processing, and lost money and time. Combining scientific studies with the voices of real women of all ages, she makes clear that to truly fulfill their potential, we must break free from cultural forces that feed destructive desires, attitudes, and words—from fat-shaming to denigrating commentary about other women. She provides inspiration and workable solutions to help girls and women overcome negative attitudes and embrace their whole selves, to transform their lives, claim the futures they deserve, and, ultimately, change their world.

Renee Engeln, PhD, is an award-winning professor of psychology at Northwestern University. Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals and at academic conferences, and she speaks to groups across the country. She is regularly interviewed by the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune,, the Huffington Post, Think Progress, and other national media, as well as local outlets and college student publications. Her TEDx talk at the University of Connecticut has more than 250,000 views on YouTube. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Event date: 

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 12:00pm

Event address: 

University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062469779
Availability: On Our Shelves to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Harper - April 18th, 2017

An award-winning Northwestern University psychology professor reveals how the cultural obsession with women's appearance is an epidemic that harms women's ability to get ahead and to live happy, meaningful lives, in this powerful, eye-opening work in the vein of Naomi Wolf, Peggy Orenstein, and Sheryl Sandberg.