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Tough Topics to Discuss
This guide offers resources for topics that may be difficult to discuss. It includes books, ebooks, videos, college resources and community links.
The statistics dealing with women, self-esteem, and body image paint a bleak picture: 80% of fourth-grade girls are on a diet at any given moment, and 20% of young American women have an eating disorder. Experts agree that dialogue and openness are two keys to solving a complicated social and psychological problem. This candid and thought-provoking video illustrates how such methods might work. In it, seven diverse college-age women share their feelings about their bodies during a three-day retreat. They explore some of the complex sources of their feelings and examine images of women's bodies in mass media.
Dr Christian Jessen offers a lesson in teaching teenagers about their own often embarrassing health concerns. He heads for a Year 11 GCSE class of pupils at Lilian Baylis Technology school in south London. Under the watchful eye of their teacher, the doctor has an open and frank exchange with pupils about body image, bodily functions and dispels some popular myths about acne and testosterone. He offers advice for teachers on how to deal with embarrassing topics and illustrates how to successfully convey important health information to teenage pupils.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder causes sufferers to be obsessed by perceived flaws in their appearance and may afflict as much as two percent of the population, or nearly five million people. Many sufferers are able to function well in society, but remain secretly obsessed by their "hideous acne" or "horrible nose," sneaking constant peeks at a pocket mirror, or spending hours at a time redoing makeup. Using stories and interviews to show the many different behaviors and symptoms of BDD, and a quick self-assessment questionnaire, Dr. Phillips guides readers through the basics of the disorder and through the many treatment options that work and don't work.
Mom in the Mirror provides insight, support, and the information necessary to help overcome damaging lifestyle habits and self-esteem struggles post-pregnancy. Readers will learn how to improve the way they eat, live, feel, and parent, thereby increasing their happiness, confidence, and self-esteem both as mothers and women
In a consumerist society obsessed with body image and thinness, obesity levels have reached an all-time high. This multi-faceted book written by a range of experts, explores the social, cultural, clinical and psychological factors that lie behind the 'Obesity Epidemic'.
This is a collection of scholarly works on human physical appearance―how people’s outer physical characteristics and their inner perceptions and attitudes about their own appearance (body image) affect their lives. The encyclopedia’s 117 full-length chapters are composed and edited by the world’s experts from a range of disciplines―social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences.
Books available at Evelyn S. Field Library
Books on body image and body changes can be found in the library collection upstairs in the following sections:
BF697 This section focuses on body image obsessions and cultural/social influences
HQ1219 This section focuses on adolescent gender body image perceptions and pressures in society that also goes beyond
the physical body image
RJ506 This section focuses on body image and eating disorders
This book examines the intense, day-to-day involvement that the pursuit of thinness demands by examining testimonies of young women concerning the practice of body rituals. She looks at outside pressures and evaluates a range of therapies and personal and collective actions available to help women overcome their weight obsessions and eating problems.
Locating the origins of the cultural denigration of fatness in the mid 19th century, the author argues that the stigma associated with a fat body preceded any health concerns about a large body size. This book draws on a wide array of sources, including political cartoons, popular literature, postcards, advertisements, and physician's manuals to explore the link between our historic denigration of fatness and our contemporary concern over obesity.
Contributors review established and emerging theories and findings; probe questions of culture, gender, health, and disorder; and present evidence-based assessment, treatment, and prevention approaches for the full range of body image concerns.
From fashion magazines to web sites, curious young women have access to tons of old wives' tales about and thousands of airbrushed and inaccurate images of the female body--misinformation and harmful portrayals that can lead to low self-esteem, self-destructive acts, or even disturbing plastic surgery procedures. Teaming up with a leading physician specializing in adolescent health issues, the author offers a down-to-earth, healing, and reassuring response to those damaging myths; giving girls insight into the issues they're often too ashamed to raise with a doctor or parent.
Presents historical evidence, based on research that includes the diaries of American girls written between the 1830s and 1990s, to show how the process of maturation has changed since the nineteenth century, making young women more anxious than ever before about their bodies and themselves.
From compulsive weightlifting to steroid use, from hair plugs to cosmetic surgery, growing numbers of men are taking the quest for perfect muscles, skin, and hair too far, crossing the line from normal interest to pathological obsession known as the Adonis Complex. This book offers hope and help for the men caught in the oppressive cycle of body obsession.
Projecting the right look has become more and more essential for men. who once dreaded being accused of vanity; today they are spending millions of dollars on fitness training, bodybuilding, hair replacement, and cosmetic surgery in the relentless pursuit of physical perfection. This book examines a confluence of social, economic, and cultural changes that have shaped the new cult of male body image in postwar America.
The authors in this book demonstrate how body image and eating problems present and vary across ethnic groups and in boys and girls. It considers all three of these challenging areas together, and provides a range of information, from very early experience through treatment.
The Drama Years is packed with the voices of tweens, who share their experiences, anecdotes, and advice on everything from stress to body image to getting along with parents. This is a survival guide written from the trenches, packed with real life examples and practical strategies, to help parents and daughters survive The Drama Years