Individuals and Groups
Support for Kids, Families, Teachers,
and Health Professionals
My Body (a bilingual
Unica! ¡Soy Latina!, a bilingual public education campaign for Latina
girls would like to introduce "My Body." The "My Body"
Web site teaches young girls to love and take care
of their bodies, whatever their size or shape.
The site offers good nutritional facts as well as safe
and fun activities to help keep young girls fit. In addition, the
"Body Beats" section, teaches popular and traditional Latin
dance moves. And you can even listen to Salsa music as you read the
articles. You can access the "My Body" site at:
"My Body" is a great tool to share with any
girl you want to help avoid engaging in any potentially dangerous
behaviors. With positive reinforcement and exercise and menu ideas, My
Body offers alternatives and the information girls
need and want for healthy lives.
Body Positive (a web
Body Positive® is a web site
on body image issues which looks at ways we can feel good in the bodies we
have. The section on children and weight is for educators, clinicians, and
parents who want to help large kids build the skills to have better lives,
with a focus on how the adults’ attitudes impact the kids. It includes
resources and ideas for activism. Change your mind, change your culture,
and let your body be!
Web site: http://www.BodyPositive.com
Founder, Debora Burgard, Ph.D., coauthor of Great
Shape: The First Fitness Guide for Large Women. Contact her at
650-321-2606 or e-mail DrDeb@bodypositive.com.
Teens Talk About their Bodies, Eating Disorders, and
A group of University of California, Berkeley,
nutritionists recently reviewed this videotape and were impressed by both
the professional qualify of the video and the content. We highly recommend
use of the video with middle and high school youth. If you are looking for
a teaching tool to promote discussion among teens about the pressures they
feel to be thin, and how they can resist these pressures, you will want to
purchase this videotape.
Body Talk is a 28-minute video
on body-acceptance issues for nine to eighteen-year-old girls and boys. It
is based on the philosophy that the best way to reach teens is through the
voices of their peers. Girls and boys of diverse ethnic/racial
backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and body sizes discuss the messages
they receive from media, family, and friends about their bodies and their
eating patterns. This documentary focuses on their struggles with eating
disorders and body dissatisfaction, and ways in which they have managed to
overcome these problems. A very moving and impactful presentation. A
facilitator’s guide is included with the video.
Produced by The Body Positive, 2417 Prospect St., Suite
A, Berkeley, CA
94704, phone/fax 510-841-9389. List price, $225; educational - nonprofit
price, $175. Visa, MC, check, or purchase order accepted.
From The Body Positive brochure:
Body Talk, the first project of our multimedia
portfolio, is a video on body acceptance issues for twelve- to
eighteen-old girls and boys.
- encourages teens to develop critical thinking
skills to deal with pervasive media messages and one-dimensional
cultural beauty standards;
- provides students with an opportunity to hear their
peers discussing common body-related concerns so that they will not
- prevents teens from developing eating disorders by
addressing the dangers and futility of common dieting behaviors;
- promotes beauty as diversity in size, shape, color,
- connects eating disordered teens with community
An Online Ezine
EXTRA HIP is a fresh, young, unique Ezine, and the only ’zine
dedicated solely to the millions of young plus-size women in America.
Celebrating it’s second anniversary, this FREE
quarterly is the brain-and-bodychild of Katie Arons, internationally known
plus-size model and author of the hot new bestseller, Sexy At Any Size
(Simon & Schuster, 1999). Katie started EXTRA HIP as yet another way
of relaying her positive, size-free affirmations to today’s Generation
With 70% of age-nine American girls dieting and an
increasing number of young women suffering from eating disorders, our
younger sisters and daughters need to hear that they are okay, that life
doesn’t stop at size 8. EXTRA HIP serves that purpose. Style is an
important aspect of fitting in and with the junior plus-size fashion
industry in a major growth curve, EXTRA HIP is able to show these are new
customers where to find the fashions and how to wear them.
EXTRA HIP readers also recieve inspiration as each issue
profiles celebrities or models of size who are living their dreams now. It
also shares stories and poems from other Hipsters just like themselves.
EXTRA HIP is the publication of the future, and its
readers ARE the future.
Visit the web version of the Ezine at http://www.extrahip.com.
Healthy Body Image:
Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies Too!
This is a school-based curriculum by Kathy Kater, LICSW.
Available from EDAP (Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, at http://members.aol.com/edapinc,
phone 206-382-3587). Eleven cross-curricular, experiential lessons teach
upper elementary and younger middle school children and their parents to
accept innate bodies and embrace size diversity, develop perspective on
today’s body image and eating attitudes, learn critical thinking skills
regarding media messages, choose healthy role models, understand the
counter- productive results of weight-loss diets and to be motivated to
eat well and be active for health, vigor, satisfaction of hunger, fitness
and self-esteem, rather than in an effort to manipulate size. Studies done
in sixty schools show that when kids get the right messages early enough,
it can make a significant positive difference. Long-term study is
Presentations and workshops by Kathy Kater, LICSW,
author of Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their
Dynamic, engaging, multi-media. Audiences say, "I
wish I’d heard these lessons when I was in fourth grade!" Geared
for professional conferences, school sites, or lay audiences. Call
651-770-2693 or e-mail email@example.com.
Kids Come in All
The Council on Size & Weight Discrimination
considers its "Kids Come in All Sizes" project to be very
important, since it works to improve the body image and self-esteem of the
We have designed workshops for use in schools, and have
written materials describing these workshops for those who want to do
workshops of their own. We publish worksheets, written for middle school
kids, that include:
- IS IT DISCRIMINATION?
- Samples of peer and adult behavior which may be
thought to be instances of size discrimination, plus well-reasoned
answers to help kids distinguish between proper and improper behavior.
For example: It’s discrimination if a fat kid doesn’t get picked
for the team even though she is a good player. It is not
discrimination if your father gets a special, sturdy chair for your
- THE TOP TEN REASONS TO GIVE
- Also written in language kids can relate to, this
list includes information about looksism, self-esteem, and the failure
of diets. This is the most widely used and quoted flyer produced by
- KNOWING ABOUT FAT KIDS:
- We often put this one on the top of the pile of
handouts so that the kids see it first. Then we discuss their reaction
to the word "Fat."
Two-part article from Healthy Weight Journal
describing the workshops in detail. For the entire Kids Come in All
Sizes packet, send $5 to CSWD, P.O. Box 305, Mt. Marion, NY 12456.
Project Manager Cathi Rodgveller is available to do
workshops in schools, clubs, and other settings. Although she works with
adults as well, she is a school counselor with a specialty in working with
groups of at-risk middle-school students. She will also consult with those
wishing to start doing their own workshops. She can be reached at: Cathi
Rodgveller, 815 15th Ave East #4, Seattle WA 98112, 206-323-9354, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Joanne P. Ikeda, M.A.,R.D.
Cooperative Extension Nutrition Education Specialist
We are busy developing teaching tools that health
professionals can use to help parents establish good food habits and
physical activity habits in their children. From research, we know that
babies are born with the ability to self-regulate their food intake, that
is, babies eat in response to hunger and stop when they are full. Newer
research shows us that this ability to self-regulate food intake can
persist into the preschool years. That is why we advise parents to let
children decide how much to eat and whether or not to eat. Parents need to
take responsibility for serving a variety of nutritious foods at regular
meals and snacks but they should not try to control how much a child eats
even if that child appears to be fat.
All of this is explained in our new "Kids
Module," a teaching kit that contains lesson plans, camera-ready
parent handout, and videotape for health professionals to use with
parents. For information on this module, contact Rita Mitchell via e-mail
We have an inexpensive booklet for parents on "If
My Child Is Overweight, What Should I Do About It," which explains
that being overweight may just mean a child is going to be bigger than
other children his/her age, and is meant to be a large adult. The booklet
answers questions that most parents, who are concerned about a child’s
weight, want to know the answers to so they can help their child be happy
and healthy. The booklet promotes size acceptance and body satisfaction
for both adults and children. The booklet can be ordered by calling
We are consultants to many agencies and organizations
concerned about children and weight issues including the California
Department of Health Services, the California Department of Education, and
Kaiser Permanente of Northern California. We provide in-service training
and consultation to health professionals who want to increase their
knowledge, attitudes and skills in this area. This is the philosophical
basis for our training.
- We recognize each child as a unique individual, and
each family as a unique group of individuals.
- We celebrate differences in body size and shape among
children and adults.
- We view all bodies as good bodies. There is no such
thing as a bad body.
- We respect the bodies of others even though they
might be different from our own. We encourage our children to
demonstrate respect for the bodies of others.
- We believe that approaches to decreasing pediatric
overweight must be based on sound scientific research research.
- We promote body satisfaction, high self-esteem, and a
positive body image for all children.
- We believe that the vast majority of parents love
their children and are committed to fostering their health and
- We know that our children are our future; we are
strongly committed to caring for them and creating a world in which
they can thrive.
Joanne P. Ikeda, M.A.,R.D.
Cooperative Extension Nutrition Education Specialist
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3104
Institute for Girls
Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Melpomene Institute is a
seventeen-year-old organization named for a Greek woman who scandalized
officials at the 1896 Olympics by running in the marathon even though
women were not supposed to compete. In the same spirit, Melpomene strives
to foster social change by educating and creating more opportunities for
women and girls in sports and physical activity.
The Institute offers education and publications on
several issues important to women including: girls and self esteem, body
image, exercise and pregnancy, motivation for physical activity,and
menopause. Melpomene is currently the nation’s leading source of
reliable information on the relationship between women’s health and
Currently available from Melpomene Institute:
Healthy Body Image Curriculum—A self-taught
curriculum of 11 lessons for boys and girls, to integrate into the 4th
to 5th grade classroom, by Kathy Kater, LCSW.
Girls, Physical Activity and Self Esteem. Parental
role-modeling, myths about girls and women in sports and self esteem
through sports. It includes Melpomene’s groundbreaking research.
Kids and Physical Activity. Skill development,
socialization, wellness, organized sports and competition for girls and
Body Image. Explores prevalence and problems with poor
body image and strategies for improvement.
Heroes: Growing Up Female and Strong (curriculum also
available). Focuses on the link between self-esteem and physical
activity for adolescent girls. This is a documentary which shares the
stories of four everyday heroes and explores the benefits of sports on
self esteem while encouraging girls to examine their self image.
To learn more about Melpomene Institute and how you can
become a member, contact Melpomene at (651) 642-1951. Or e-mail your
request to email@example.com
Web site: http://www.melpomene.org.
The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams
||New Moon Magazine: The
Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams, is an international
magazine for every girl who wants her voice heard and her dreams
taken seriously. With girl editors ages eight to fourteen, and girl
contributors from all over the world, New Moon celebrates
girls, explores the passage from girl to woman, and builds healthy
resistance to gender inequities. Web site: http://www.newmoon.org
||New Moon Network: For
Adults Who Care About Girls. If you have a daughter, or work
with adolescent girls, then you must read New Moon Network.
Frontline stories, ideas and research on raising healthy, confident
girls in a culture that wants to judges girls only for their looks.
||New Moon Catalog: http://www.newmooncatalog.com
Full of fun gifts and resources that carry a feminist message (a few
are just plain fun). Also a Parent/Teacher Resources department
|which contains several
outstanding books and curricula. These items are chosen specifically
for their ability to assist in teaching/raising health, strong young
women. Proceeds from our catalog sales directly support New Moon:
The Magazine for Girls and their Dreams and help to keep it ad
free. Call 800-381-4743.
New Moon Publishing
P.O. Box 3620
Duluth, MN 55803-3620
218-728-5507 or 800-381-4743
WIN Project: "Wellness in Wyoming"
Betty Holmes, a project leader
Extension 4-H Youth Specialist
University of Wyoming
We have sub-committees working with
different age groups. I have presented programs to pre-school children,
school-age children, adults, and seniors. The approach is different, but
the message is very constant (see text below).
Our statewide collaboration promotes
healthy living—WIN (Wellness In Wyoming). The creators are Betty Holmes,
Suzy Pelican, and Diana Marie Hill-Chavez.
The University of Wyoming Cooperative
Extension Service (UW CES) is coordinating WIN Wyoming, promoting the
benefits of active living, healthful and pleasurable eating, positive
self-image,and respect for body-size diversity.
More than forty educators and healthcare
professionals have joined forces to conduct statewide, community-based
wellness programs for the next three years. A UW CES competitive grant is
funding these efforts. Three extension specialists serve as WIN Wyoming
project coordinators: Betty Holmes, UW CES 4-H youth specialist; Linda
Melcher, Cent$ible Nutrition program director, and Suzy Pelican, UW CES
food and nutrition specialist.
Cooperating individuals and organizations
drafted a set of guiding principles to help focus the group’s efforts.
WIN Wyoming recognizes a positive self-image as an important component of
well-being, and participants believe people should define good health as a
condition of physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being, not as a
function of body size. Because human beings come in a variety of ages,
shapes, and sizes, the group explains that we should celebrate this fact
as a positive characteristic of the human race.
"Size prejudice is creating serious
health problems for our young people," said Melcher. "We have
both the extremes of anorexia and obesity because kids seem to have
difficulty understanding how to eat normally. The more obsessed children
become with being thin, the more time they spend thinking about eating.
This leads to either over or under eating. Children need to feel valued no
matter what size they are."
Because U.S. obesity and overweight
statistics state that one in three adults and one in four youth are
overweight, Pelican wants the program’s goals to be clear. "We’re
not saying that being overweight or obese is risk-free. Instead, we
maintain that people who are obsessed with body weight—their own or
other people’s—face another set of risks," she said. "The
goal for well-being should be good health, not a specific body weight. We
promote healthful lifestyles, attitudes and habits."
Pleasurable and healthful eating includes
taking the time to enjoy the flavors, aromas, and textures, without
rushing the experience. Eating is one of life’s pleasures, and WIN
Wyoming defines healthful eating as including variety, moderation, and
proportionality when selecting food. "One of my favorite sayings is,
‘bad hair days don’t hold a candle tofeeling fat days,’" said
Holmes. "The theory goes that on bad hair days you can wear a hat,
but on feeling fat days you cannot wear a full body bag. It is clear that
feeling fat is not related to being fat. Women with x’s after their
dress size can feel beautiful, and size-six women can feel fat. It is
exciting to be part of a statewide collaboration dedicated topromoting
WIN Wyoming has representatives from the
following agencies, organizations, and programs: Wyoming Department of
Education (Comprehensive School Health Education and Team Nutrition);
Albany County School District Office #1-Food Service Department; Campbell
County School District-Wellness Program; Wyoming Department of Health
(Adolescent Health, Cardiovascular Disease Program, Division on Aging, and
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
(WIC) at the state level and in Park and Big Horn Counties; Indian Health
Service at the Wind River Indian Reservation; Powell Hospital and Nursing
Home; West Park Hospital in Cody; The Psychology Clinic in Laramie;
Nutrition, Exercise, Wellness for Life (N.E.W. Life); UW College of
Education (Department of Counseling and Educational Foundations); UW
College of Health Sciences (School of Physical and Health Education, WWAMI
Medical Education Program, Wyoming Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and
UW Family Practice Residency Program in Cheyenne); UW College of
Agriculture and UW CES (State 4-H Office and Foods and Nutrition and
Cent$ible Nutrition Programs at the state level and in Albany, Campbell,
Converse, Fremont, Hot Springs, Johnson, Laramie, Natrona, Park, Sublette,
Sweetwater, Teton and Washakie Counties); Consumer Credit Counseling of
Greater Wyoming (Casper, Gillette, Rock Springs and Sheridan); the Western
Dairy Council, and the Wyoming Beef Council.
For more information on WIN Wyoming, visit
their web site at http://uwacadweb.uwyo.edu/winwyoming
or call the UW Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at 307-766-5375.
|A Note from Radiance: If you know of a person, group, or organization that
addresses issues of body size, size-acceptance, and diversity for
children, teens, or young adults, please us with the
information. We are happy to connect with others doing this
important work, and also to see about including their information
here at our web site.
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