We live in a thin-obsessed culture and it’s making us eternally unhappy with our bodies and ourselves. As parents we are as affected as our kids by the daily barrage of images and media messages that sell us an unrealistic ideal of female (and male) beauty. As a result millions of Americans deal with body image issues. In this podcast I talk with Carol Normandi and Laurelee Roark, co-authors of Over It: A Teen’s Guide to Getting Beyond Obsessions with Food and Weight (New World Library 2001). Carol and Laurelee talk from their own experience recovering from eating disorders and about what parents can do to offset the negative influence of media on their kids’ self-esteem.
About Carol Normandi and Laurelee Roark
Carol Normandi, M.S., MFT and Laurelee Roark, MA, CCHT are co-founders of Beyond Hunger, a nonprofit organization in San Rafael, CA that provides support groups, workshops and education for individuals with eating disorders and body image disturbances. They are the authors of “It’s Not About Food: End Your Obsession with Food and Weight”, a book for adult women with eating disorders, and “Over It: A Teen’s Guide to Getting Beyond Obsessions with Food and Weight”. More info at: beyondhunger.org
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