Body Image/Eating Disorders
Contemporary Culture: Youth Issues - Body Image/Eating Disorders
The teen years can be very tough as both boys and girls obsess over how they look, and poor body image can turn into eating disorders. Click on the following links for articles dealing with these issues. For additional information on this topic, please check our news, links, and reading list pages.
Beneath the skin - Helping teenagers understand their self-worth is not based on their outward appearance
Mirror, mirror - Understanding the messages our teens are receiving about body image, value and self-worth
Pro-anorexia Web sites - Believe it or not, teens are visiting websites that actively promote disordered eating.
Got Media Literacy? - A teaching tool for reaching Gen Y. A look at how media influences body image, and how media literacy can help. By Kindy R. Peaslee, a registered dietitian and certified nutritionist. www.hugs.com
My Trip Through Seventeen - What Seventeen and other teenage girl magazines are telling teenage girls.
Steroid Abuse-Getting Bigger - The rise in steroid use among teens and how our culture contributes to the problem.
What You See is What I Am - Our culture is feeding us a steady diet of "perfect" body images that are hard to live up to.
I Love You Just the Way You Are - exhibiting unconditional love in a conditional culture.
Fostering a Sense of Self in a Skin Deep Culture - seven steps to a healthy sense of self.
Abercrombie & Fitch - Selling More than Clothes - The A&F catalog is sending some disturbing messages to our kids about body image and sexuality.
Maximum Menace - Maxim and other "young men's magazines" are telling our teenage boys a lot about sexuality, and this in turn puts pressure on teenage girls.
A "Miss" in America - how Miss America and other female media images contribute to an unhealthy culture of "thinness."