The Future of Girls’ Body Image, Health and the Media
Imagine a world where girls' ability mattered more than their appearance.
Imagine a world where girls' energy went to changing the world rather than aspiring to look like fashion models.
The childhood obesity epidemic has caused girls to be caught in a double bind - on one end they hear that children are overweight today and that is unhealthy and unattractive - on the other end of the spectrum they see images of girls and women who are super-thin and over-sexualized. What is healthy?
As a result, girls are left feeling confused and not knowing what or who to believe. We know from girls though that their definition of health and body image are linked. They see connections between physical and emotional health that adults often miss. For example, for girls, being healthy means feeling good about yourself, your body, having friends and family support.
Join us for for this national web conference that presents an engaging discussion of these issues based in research, program and policy efforts led by Girl Scouts of the USA. Highlighted work will include a recent survey about girls' body image and the fashion industry as well as national findings on girls health. In addition we will discuss an exciting new piece of legislation - the Healthy Media for Youth Act - as well as new programming on girls and self-esteem.
Who should attend:
ü Parents of girls
ü Physicians, nurses and other health professionals providing primary care, public health and school health services to girls
ü Health educators, physical educators and other teachers
ü Mental health practitioners serving children
ü Anyone who works in positive youth development programs for girls, including Scout leaders and volunteers
ü School psychologists, counselors and other educators
ü Everyone concerned about the widespread childhood obesity in our region
ü All child advocates and other citizens concerned about the well-being of the children of Southwest Tennessee