Body Talk: The Straight Facts on Fitness, Nutrition, and Feeling Great About Yourself

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A comprehensive guide for girls to look and feel great on their own terms

Body image concerns are no laughing matter, but Ann Douglas' upbeat and lighthearted new book makes this serious subject fun and approachable, with a "chat room" feel.

It's so easy to be pressured to conform to some crazy onesize-fits-all definition of beauty that many girls end up feeling bad about themselves and -- in some cases -- damaging their own physical and ...

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Overview

A comprehensive guide for girls to look and feel great on their own terms

Body image concerns are no laughing matter, but Ann Douglas' upbeat and lighthearted new book makes this serious subject fun and approachable, with a "chat room" feel.

It's so easy to be pressured to conform to some crazy onesize-fits-all definition of beauty that many girls end up feeling bad about themselves and -- in some cases -- damaging their own physical and emotional health. Direct and frank, Ann Douglas' text arms readers with all the energy and information needed to help combat the onslaught of media images and messages and make their own wise decisions about their appearance and fitness. Artist Claudia Dávila brings the text vividly to life with her delightful, color-saturated illustrations.

Body Talk encourages readers to investigate all the things that are perfect about them -- just the way they are!

With the real facts about how their bodies are changing and really great tips on taking good care of themselves, body and soul, Body Talk has all the ingredients to help girls look and feel their very best inside and out. The "Resources" page lists websites and books for further information on this timely topic.

Body Talk is a Girl Zone book. Featuring girls' own voices in Girl Talk sidebars. The Girl Zone series is a joyful and diverse collection of books that explore topics of interest and importance to girls and young women.

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Editorial Reviews

Carol Weston
Here's a fun and valuable book that can help your daughter develop healthy eating habits and really think about how her body works rather than just how it looks.
Jane Tallim
A humorous and insightful look at a serious subject.
Media Awareness Network
Linda Omichinski
Packed with practical tips and sensible advice, this one-of-a-kind guide gives girls the tools they need to find the courage to challenge society's ideas about beauty and to dare to be themselves. The book is written in a fun and playful girlfriend-to-girlfriend style that's sure to delight girls of all ages. Parents and teachers will appreciate the authors' attention to detail and thorough research.
Miriam Kaufman
Upbeat and non-guilt-inducing air ... the information is accurate and easy to read.
Quill & Quire
Publishers Weekly
Part of the Girl Zone series, Body Talk: The Straight Facts on Fitness, Nutrition & Feeling Great About Yourself by Ann Douglas and Julie Douglas, illus. by Claudia D vila, also includes quotes from real girls. The mother/daughter offering (Julie is 14) opens with a time line-"Through Thick and Thin"-that traces fashion trends from 1800 to the 21st century. "Chew on This" sidebars provide juicy nuggets: "A hundred years ago actress Lillian Russell, weighing 200 lbs., was considered a great beauty." Back matter contains a directory of girl-friendly Web sites.
Children's Literature
In "A Girl Zone" series book, this mother/daughter (Julie, age 14) team combine to provide information to help pre-teen girls feel good about themselves. They offer wise messages about self-criticism, skin problems, eating disorders, exercise, staying motivated, and daring to be yourself. The taxing format features boxes, circles, labels, text in checkerboard arrangements, chained circles, and a myriad of other shapes all designed to give the book a peppy look, while the accompanying straight information reads like a textbook. The book is strong on smart prevention, not obsessing, talking to adults, plus the usual information. The flat color combinations of the painted illustrations give this good information a Fifties feeling, which is, however, accented by the skirts and dresses worn by supposedly modern girls. If you can get past the format and the dated feel of the illustrations, there is plenty of good advice here, with some dozen Web sites to check out, and an index to support report writers. 2002, Maple Tree Press,
— Susan Hepler <%ISBN%>1894379276
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-Concepts of beauty and the development of a healthy body, lifestyle, and positive self-image are the focus of this title. An illustrated time line chronicling the changing face of beauty from 1800 to 2000 incorporates fascinating historical trivia. Readers will be interested in the discussions of puberty, skin care, cosmetic surgery, and eating disorders. How celebrities influence beauty and fashion and the effect of advertising are also examined. Sensible, realistic ways to deal with negative feelings about oneself are offered throughout. In addition, a few recipes (a lip balm and a cucumber or lemon mask) are included. Metric measurements are used, with standard measurements in parentheses. Back matter includes an annotated list of 12 Web sites. Creative, upbeat touches such as a variety of typefaces and interesting design elements combined with encouraging advice add up to a title that libraries will want to own.-Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894379281
  • Publisher: Maple Tree Press
  • Publication date: 9/7/2002
  • Series: Girl Zone Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning writer, teacher, and journalist, Ann Douglas has published numerous books and written extensively on family life and parenting for a variety of Canadian and U.S. publications. Her book, Before You Were Born, was an "Our Choice" starred selection. This is her first book co-written with her 14-year-old daughter, Julie Douglas.

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Table of Contents

Dare To Be You

Chapter 1 - Beauty: Then and Now


Through Thick and Thin

Chapter 2 - Mirror, Mirror


Your Own Worst Critic
The Beautiful Truth

Chapter 3 - The One and Only You!


Invasion of the Pimple Planters
The Skinny on Skin
The Facts on Fat
Your Body Is Your Body

Chapter 4 - Dreams for Sale


Operation Brainwash
Playing with Knives
Fat Profits

Chapter 5 - What's Eating You?


Identifying an Eating Disorder
Why Dieting Doesn't Work
Hungering for More

Chapter 6 - Let's Get Physical


The Three Big Myths
Gym Klutz
Staying on Track

Chapter 7 - Food for Thought


Finding the Balance
Reading the Signals
Smart Start

You Can Make a Difference!


More Body Talk
Acknowledgments
Index
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Preface


Dare to be You


Have you ever picked up a fashion magazine and wished that you looked more like the glamorous model or movie star on the cover? Or stared at yourself in the mirror, concentrating on all the things you would like to change about yourself?

If you have, you've participated in a ritual so commonplace it just might show up as an Olympic event: the "sport" of beating yourself up about your appearance. Just imagine how the Olympics "competition" might look: a roomful of girls in front of full-length mirrors, waiting for the starter's pistol to be fired -- or the blowdryer to be switched on -- so that each can start listing her own flaws to outdo her opponents. Choruses of "I hate my hair," "my eyes are too small," "my nose is enormous," "my stomach's too big" would fill the room. Given the way girls can talk about themselves, we figure there'd be some pretty stiff competition for the gold medal!

But concerns about body image are no laughing matter. It's no joke when girls feel so pressured to conform to some crazy one-size-fits-all definition of beauty that they end up feeling bad about themselves and, in some cases, damaging their physical and emotional health. That's why we wrote this book: to remind you that you don't have to look like whatever supermodel happens to be the Flavor of the Month.

You can dare to be different

You can dare to be you.

-- Ann Douglas and Julie Douglas, age 14


Girl Talk

In this book we quote some amazing girls who aren't afraid to "tell it like it is" about important issues. We hope that you enjoy meeting them as much as we did.
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Introduction

Dare to be You

Have you ever picked up a fashion magazine and wished that you looked more like the glamorous model or movie star on the cover? Or stared at yourself in the mirror, concentrating on all the things you would like to change about yourself?

If you have, you've participated in a ritual so commonplace it just might show up as an Olympic event: the "sport" of beating yourself up about your appearance. Just imagine how the Olympics "competition" might look: a roomful of girls in front of full-length mirrors, waiting for the starter's pistol to be fired -- or the blowdryer to be switched on -- so that each can start listing her own flaws to outdo her opponents. Choruses of "I hate my hair," "my eyes are too small," "my nose is enormous," "my stomach's too big" would fill the room. Given the way girls can talk about themselves, we figure there'd be some pretty stiff competition for the gold medal!

But concerns about body image are no laughing matter. It's no joke when girls feel so pressured to conform to some crazy one-size-fits-all definition of beauty that they end up feeling bad about themselves and, in some cases, damaging their physical and emotional health. That's why we wrote this book: to remind you that you don't have to look like whatever supermodel happens to be the Flavor of the Month.

You can dare to be different

You can dare to be you.

-- Ann Douglas and Julie Douglas, age 14

Girl Talk
In this book we quote some amazing girls who aren't afraid to "tell it like it is" about important issues. We hope that you enjoy meeting themas much as we did.
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