Being Gay, Staying Healthy

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A balanced, nutritious diet and exercise are necessary for everyone, gay or straight. But lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have additional health concerns. From AIDS infection to teen pregnancy, health issues in the gay community affect people of all ages.

Learn about how issues of poor self-esteem and even self-loathing can contribute to such health risks as sexually transmitted diseases, drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use, and depression. Find out how ...

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Overview

A balanced, nutritious diet and exercise are necessary for everyone, gay or straight. But lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have additional health concerns. From AIDS infection to teen pregnancy, health issues in the gay community affect people of all ages.

Learn about how issues of poor self-esteem and even self-loathing can contribute to such health risks as sexually transmitted diseases, drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use, and depression. Find out how stereotyped images of ultra-thin models contribute to eating disorders and feelings of isolation. Most importantly, learn how LGBT people can lead healthy and productive lives by respecting themselves and each other.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
This book is part of the series, "Gallup's Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Lifestyle." homosexuality, alternative sexual preferences and lifestyles are areas that certainly can benefit from accessible texts for pre-teens and teens. These topics are frequently accompanied by high levels of emotion and controversy and therefore demand the most accurate and authoritative treatment. Overall this series falls short on these latter requirements, as it relies largely on popular press and websites for sources and utilizes statements in the text without citing the relevant source(s). Citations in the bibliography often fail to provide an issue or page numbers when journal articles are included. Typographical errors were found in several texts. Each book is opened with the identical introduction from the series editor, James Sears, former editor of the Journal of LGBT Youth. The introduction describes the tensions between societal expectations and individual rights which largely underlie discrimination against non-dominant groups in any culture. Each book is organized in short chapters with terms highlighted in the text and defined in colored boxes. This text includes chapters about mental health, body image, safe sex and substance abuse. Definitions of terms are generally imprecise, the same word may be defined in one text but not another and some words are not defined at all that should be (e.g., anorexia). Illustrations and photos are spread throughout, short lists of additional information sources close each chapter, and a bibliography and index follow the main text of the book. The layout and production quality make these books accessible and the tenor of the messages to youth dealing with these issues is positive; however, the quality of the information suggests these be used only as ancillary information in a school or public library setting. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 Mind, Body, and Spirit 9

2 Body Concept 20

3 Self-Respect and Sexual Health 34

4 Substance Abuse 46

Bibliography 61

Index 63

About the Author and the Consultant 64

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