Thursday, December 13, 2012

Teen Issues: Body Image and Eating Disorders

Welcome back to another segment of Teen Issues.
Today's topic looks at body image and why its important for teens to have confidence in the way they look. Teens under go many body changes including weight and height fluctuations due to hormonal changes. Add these natural hormonal changes to constantly being bombarded with images of famous actors, singers and models who are thin, gorgeous, fashionably dressed and perfect looking, teens are fighting an uphill battle with reality.  Often teens develop an unrealistic image of what their own body should look like, leading to eating disorders.

Many successful, intelligent people have issues with their body image, you are not alone.Take a look at the video below by Teens in Action: Body Image and Eating Disorders found on You Tube and listen to what teens think about body image.

We have a wonderful counseling staff and social workers willing to help answer your questions or find solutions. Below are resources from our library that will help define an eating disorder or distorted body image and how to seek help.
Online Database: Teen Health and Wellness
ABC’s of Eating Disorders: This article helps to identify eating disorders. More information is located to the left of this article that may be of interest to you, especially “Ten Great Questions to Ask, When You’re Asking for Help”
On Our Shelves
Non Fiction:  Body Image
No Body’s Perfect: Stories by teens about body image, self-acceptance, and the search for identity by Kimberly Kirberger  # 158.1 NOB
When the Mirror Lies: Anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders by Tamra Orr # 616.8526 ORR

Fiction Books:
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
This isn't the easiest story to read because of the content but it is one you won't want to put down. Eighteen year old Lia struggles to come to terms with her best friends death consumed by anorexia as she faces the same disorder.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
One of the Will Grayson’s in this story has a best friend named Tiny.  The irony in Tiny’s name dusts the surface of the larger than life character portrayed in John Green’s novel. Tiny has been called “big boned”, “chubby” while some of his peers tease him about being fat and gay. Top it off with Tiny always falling in love with the wrong person.  Read this book to find out how Tiny not only gets out of bed in the morning but makes his world shine. 
Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee
At 16 Rosemary is tired of being overweight, getting mocked at school and even at her part time job at Heavenly Hair. The cheek salon in town where all the locals go to beautify themselves is owned by her mom. Feeling out of control Rosemary decides to change her life and slowly loses weight but along the way she discovers her inner beauty.

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