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Body Image (Issues That Concern You) by Heidi Williams

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Some doctors believe “anorexics use starvation as a mode of self-medication,” Tyre reports, since by “eating less, anorexics reduce the serotonin activity in their brains . . creating a sense of calm, even as they are about to die of malnutrition. . ” New Theories The parallels to depression are worth noting, and are the key to understanding some of doctors’ new theories about the source of the disease. As Tyre writes, for years “conventional wisdom [has] held that adolescent girls ‘got’ anorexia from the culture they 44 Body Image Anorexia Affects Your Whole Body lived in,” specifically from unrealistic body images presented in the popular media.

Indeed, the researchers at Michigan also found that the notions of beauty for black women were different from those of white women. The researchers reported that the black women in their study defined beauty based on traits such as style, movement and character, rather than weight and appearance. Either way, the body types seen on television and in magazines hardly represent the average female population, even if some Some African American women define beauty by characteristics such as style, rather than by weight.

You simply can’t know just by looking at someone. If you homeschool your children, you can use Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies Too! by Kathy Kater. This curriculum is a series of lessons developed to empower third and fourth graders to form a foundation for the acceptance of various body types, based on recognizing what people can and can’t control in regard to body size and shape. If you don’t homeschool your children, call the school they attend and suggest that the school include this program, or something like it, in its syllabus.

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