Title: The Body Image Workbook For Teens: Activities to Help Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image in an Image-Obsessed World
Author: Julia V Taylor
Like most teens, you want to feel good about the way you look. But what happens when the way you look just doesn’t feel good enough? Whether it’s online, on TV, or in magazines, images of impossibly perfect—and mostly Photoshopped—young women are everywhere. As a result, you may feel an intense pressure to look a certain way. Your friends feel the pressure too, which often creates a secret comparison competition that can make you feel worse about yourself. So how can you start feeling good about who you are, as is?
In The Body Image Workbook for Teens, you’ll find practical exercises and tips that address the most common factors that can lead to negative body image, including: comparison, negative self-talk, unrealistic media images, societal and family pressures, perfectionism, toxic friendships, and a fear of disappointing others. You’ll also learn powerful coping strategies to deal with the daily, intense pressures of being a teenage girl.
Being a teen girl in today’s world is hard, and no one knows that more than you. But if you are ready to stop comparing yourself to others, silence your inner critic, and build authentic, lasting self-confidence—this book is your go-to guide.
Every teen wants to feel good about the way they look. But, sadly, very few do. Magazines, television, billboards, social media, and even the internet all promote an ideal of beauty that’s unachievable. As a result, girls as young as 9 go on diets to lose weight, develop eating disorders, and learn to compare their bodies to those of other, often photoshopped, women.
So, how can you stop hating your body and learn to love yourself as you are? It’s not an easy task, but a good starting point is The Body Image Workbook for Teens by Julia V Taylor. It’s a small book but it covers a wide range of issues, such as negative self-talk, pressure from society and friends to look a certain way, fat talk, gratitude, compliments, body language, and a lot more.
Each chapter is divided into three sections: “for you to know” explains the issue; “for you to explore” features examples of real girls who are experiencing the problem, and the negative impact it has on their lives; and “explore more”, where you are given a series of exercises to overcome the issue.
For instance, the “you are more than a number” chapter explains how society and the media are obsessed with numbers, such as calories, bra size, age, height, BMI, etc… Then, you are asked to reframe your thoughts in relation to these numbers, and make them more realistic. So, “I just hate a million fat grams. I’m so gross,” becomes “Fat grams don’t make you gross. And I probably didn’t eat a million.” Finally, readers are encouraged to list all the numbers they have used to define themselves, such as their jeans size, and add “I am more than” in front of them.
Each section is only 2 or 3 pages long, but features lots of questions to encourage young girls to think critically about they messages they are bombarded with on a daily basis. But don’t worry, there’s no preaching here. Taylor writes in a very friendly, compassionate, and encouraging manner.
My only concern is that, because the workbook asks you to be honest about your feelings and your problems, which can be quite painful to do, a lot of girls may abandon it too soon, thus depriving themselves of important tools they need to build a healthy body image and boost their confidence.
A solution would be for mothers to help their daughters with the workbook. Each chapter offers a wonderful opportunity for any mother (or father, or teacher, or caretaker) to start a discussion with her teen daughter about body image issues. And they may boost their own confidence too. Although the book is aimed at teens, its tips and tools are also useful for adults who are dealing with body image issues.
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Written in a friendly manner, The Body Image Workbook For Teens by Julia V Taylor features lots of questions, tips, and tools to help teens stop hating their bodies, develop a healthy body image, and boost confidence. For best results, though, adult help is recommended.