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No Body's Perfect
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About this bookChapter 1. What's all the fuss about body image?Chapter 2. Understanding your own body image and self-help so you can help others.Chapter 3. The essentials of positive role modelling.Chapter 4. Boys to Men - Talking to Boys about body image.Chapter 5. Media literacy - Talking to kids about media messages and safe use.Chapter 6. Puberty explained - Help, my body is changing.Chapter 7. Teasing and Body bashing - It's not okay.Chapter 8. Eating Disorders - What are they and how to talk about them.Chapter 9. What's mental health and how to I get some of that?Chapter 10. Relaxation and fostering positive emotions in yourself and others.Chapter 11. Concluding comments and guidelines for creating body image friendly schools.BibliographyAppendix A Resources for children, young people and parents across the globe

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Dissatisfaction with appearance results in a range of negative impacts on psychological and physical health. Appearance-related concerns affect a significant majority of young people and over 80% of adults. The need to prevent or ameliorate these impacts has recently been described by MPs in the UK as one of the most pressing social issues of our time and calls have been made for evidence based strategies to tackle the situation. In No Body s Perfect Dr. Lewis does just this, offering techniques informed by research and clinical practice for use by parents, teachers and others concerned about appearance-related dissatisfaction and distress in children and young people. Practical suggestions for activities and classroom exercises mingle with the voices of young people and parents whose lives have been affected. Guidance includes advice for adults about how to moderate the key factors influencing appearance dissatisfaction, including how adults can be effective role models, how to help young people deal with appearance-related teasing, how to improve their media literacy & suggestions on how to regulate the use of social media. Helpfully, the book addresses the current gap in the literature on body image in boys with the inclusion of a chapter focussing on how to talk about and address body image in boys. This book addresses a key issue for young people in a timely, practical and accessible way. Professor Nichola Rumsey, Co-Director, Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK No Body s Perfect is a powerful tool for parents and teachers who seek to understand the complexity of body image and help young people celebrate all their body does for them. The book is full of practical activities to help young people understand body image and develop a healthy scepticism for striving for a certain physical ideal . The book is also a wake-call for adults everywhere that the way we talk about and feel about our own bodies has the power to shape the next generation s body image. Dr Lewis s book is a call-to-action for teachers and parents to lead by example and teach the next generation to love the skin they re in. Kimberly Gillan, health journalist / Coach health writer "Over the last decade I have seen enormous cultural and technological pressures continue to impact boys and young men in the areas of identity and body image. When boys and men struggle and are not helped to accept and value themselves they quickly look to external and often damaging stereotypes. Vivienne Lewis offers solid, practical and much needed guidance for parents, health workers, policy makers and educators in this important space. She gives us long overdue permission to help boys and men begin a constructive dialogue about body image from which we will all benefit. Jonathan E Doyle B.Ed (Sec Spec) MLMEd, Director of Choicez MEdia, International Speaker, Author and Educator."

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