A Better Way To Look

Teacher Resources

Up-to-date Information and Resources for Educators

As we discover information and resources that we feel would be helpful to you in your work with girls, we will share them with you here.

The Digital Diet

The media’s portrayal of the beauty ideal is finally being exposed for its harmful effects. A psychological study in 1995 found that three minutes spent looking at a fashion magazine caused 70% of women to feel depressed, guilty, and shameful. Subsequent studies have confirmed these findings. Girls internalize the beauty ideal at an early age.

For a chilling perspective, show your students the 1959 First EVER Barbie Commercial, available on YouTube.

Showing girls visible evidence of digital retouching may counter some of the media's impact. A detailed examination of a digital transition can be found on the interactive website Girlpower – Retouch

A tool for promoting health instead of size that addresses weight bias

Successful lesson material is added to each new revision of the How I Look Journal. This thinker question has been so effective that we will be adding it to our next edition. Permission is granted to use it for educational purposes.

For a free copy of a great, age-appropriate video on Weight Bias, as well as many other resources, contact the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

Valuable Resource – New Edition!

The new Healthy Bodies; Teaching Kids What They Need to Know by Kathy Kater LICSW is now available and still our most recommended resource! Eleven engaging lessons for elementary school students systematically address the body image, eating, fitness, and weight concerns in today’s challenging environment. We have incorporated the health promotion principles identified by Kathy Kater in the How I Look Journal. Much more information, including the full Preface, is available at www.bodyimagehealth.org.

How to recognize early warning signs and impart information regarding the serious issues of eating disorders

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, (NEDA):

As figures of influence, educators and coaches have a unique opportunity to recognize early warning signs and impart information regarding the serious issues of eating disorders.

If you have a student or athlete with negative body image or that is showing signs of a problem, you may be in a position to reach out to the individual, their friends and/or their family. Your support and guidance can play a significant role in leading someone into treatment.

The National Eating Disorders Association website can provide you with a wealth of information.

Recently, Nan was invited to participate in a dialogue between educators, parents and professionals in the various fields of eating disorder prevention and treatment to help identify the key components to be included in resource kits for educators and parents.

The resulting NEDA Educator Tool Kit includes frequently asked questions and common myths about eating disorders, strategies for assisting students and much more. A toolkit specifically for Coaches and Athletic Trainers is also available. NEDA’s Parent Toolkit provides families with a comprehensive resource that addresses medical, school, and insurance issues.