Body Thieves by Sandra Susan Friedman

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Body Thieves examines topics concerning girls in adolescence relating to body image issues and physical activity. It provides parents and teachers and coaches with an understanding of girls' development. It describes a comprehensive model of eating disorder prevention and provides information about helping girls in your life deal with the stressors they face during their teenage years. It details how to get girls off diets, how to normalize food and body image, how to translate fat talk and how to defuse the propaganda power of the media.

The book discusses why some girls are naturally fat and how to help them maintain their self-esteem. It addresses myths developing around 'childhood obesity' and argues that it is our pervasive dieting culture and lack of physical activity that put girls at risk. A major emphasis of the book is on overcoming barriers that stand in the way of girls being physically active.

Body Thieves includes a substantial listing of information and institutional resources, and throughout the book there are practical skills and strategies for use with girls.

The overall message to the reader: how to get connected with girls, get them off their diets and get them out being physically active.


About Sandra Susan Friedman

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Sandra Susan Friedman is an educator, therapist and consultant who specializes in girls' developmental and health issues especially eating disorder prevention. Her group program "Just for Girls" promotes healthy development and prevents eating disorders by helping girls maintain their sense of self during adolescence.
Published June 1, 2002 by Salal Books. 264 pages
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