Young women write about body image.OTTAWA
In the summer of 1998, an advertisement in Chatelaine magazine announced a writing competition that invited young women across Canada Across Canada was an afternoon program that formerly aired on The Weather Network. The segment ran from early 1999 until mid 2002. The show ran from 3:00PM ET until 7:00 PM ET. to write on the topic of body image and self-esteem. The advertisement asked young women to write about peer pressure, the media, eating disorders eating disorders, in psychology, disorders in eating patterns that comprise four categories: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, rumination disorder, and pica. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by self-starvation to avoid obesity. , sports, relationships, diet, health, and fashion. The writers were to focus on the impact these issues had on their self worth and self esteem.
The competition received more than 600 entries. In 750 to 1,000 words the young women told stories about themselves. In young, vulnerable voices, the women told the public how they were ensnared by images of anorexic an·o·rex·ic
Relating to or suffering from anorexia nervosa.
ano·rex women portrayed by the media as having perfect bodies, how they slowly found the courage and determination to accept and love their own bodies and themselves.
These voices are poignant reminders to the public about the difficulties of growing up female in a society that continues in many ways to profit by the exploitation of women's bodies and sexuality.
The entries were divided into two age categories -- 13 to 15 and 16 to 19 -- and out of the entries, 32 essays were selected for a book titled, That Body Image Thing, Young Women Speak Out.
While the young women were asked to include an opinion or account of a personal experience in the areas of clinical depression, anxiety attacks, eating disorders, physical, as well as, mental self-torture, the most disturbing fact was the number of essays that Chatelaine received that were about anorexia and bulimia bulimia: see eating disorders. .
For some of these young women, controlling their bodies was a way of controlling their lives. They wrote about feeling ugly, beautiful, whole, gaining self-confidence and also self-awareness. Some of the writers viewed their bodies as enemies, others as a beautiful sculptures, some as friends with whom to go dancing, running, camping, biking or canoeing. One writer described unrealistic expectations of growing Baywatch breasts and looking like celebrities Pamela Lee, Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell (born May 22 1970) is an English supermodel, actress, singer, and author of Jamaican descent. Biography
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"The young women are very clear in the book. The pressures they've got, they got from the media or from magazines that portray women a certain way," said Sara Torres, communications officer, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. "Initially the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women were expecting to see a number of essays on relationships with boyfriends. Instead the stories were on self-image, parents and friends. We were really surprised at how many young women focused on their bodies, the problems that they had, the complexes or pressures of looking good, problems of how ugly they looked, how big they were or how skinny they were," she said.
These young writers spoke of calorie-reducing tricks, including feeding their dinners to their pet dogs and turning up their stereos to drown out Verb 1. drown out - make imperceptible; "The noise from the ice machine drowned out the music"
make noise, noise, resound - emit a noise the sound of their vomiting. They wrote about chocolate as a threat. They blamed the media, like music videos or teen magazines This is a list of teen magazines.
sense of humour, humor, humour that has helped them to survive.
Some of the essays are stories of hope, while others arise from a litany of pain. Many women twice the age of the teenagers, have yet to learn the wisdom and insight these young writers share.
The picture on the cover of Body Images is of a young woman changing into a butterfly. The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women reported that they used the image because women often change as they mature.
"We look and we learn who we are and hopefully we can all learn to cope with pressures about our own beauty," said Torres. "Our goal at [the institute] is for young women to feel strong, that they can be happy with the bodies they have, that our bodies are beautiful, our bodies take us everywhere," she said.
"We have received a good response from the book. We have gotten comments from B.C. and Nova Scotia Nova Scotia (nō`və skō`shə) [Lat.,=new Scotland], province (2001 pop. 908,007), 21,425 sq mi (55,491 sq km), E Canada. Geography
. We printed the book last October. When we had the books out for the first time at our annual conference in Sudbury in October, in a short time we sold 100 of the books there" said Torres. "We are receiving orders every day. Our organization at the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women does research on issues that affect women. We are always looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. ways to make sure we respond to the needs of all women.
"At this moment we are distributing this book out of our office in Ottawa. We are also presently marketing out books with teachers associations, physical educators and health educators," she said.
The book also contains a resource section regarding books, videos, web sites, educational kits and organizations.
The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women created this project to start girls talking. Out of the 600 writers, two were chosen to receive a $2,000 bursary bur·sa·ry
n. pl. bur·sa·ries
1. A treasury, especially of a public institution or religious order.
2. Chiefly British A scholarship granted to a university student in need. each. Celebrity judges included singer-songwriter, Jann Arden Jann Arden (born Jann Arden Richards on March 27, 1962) is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter with a fan base primarily in Canada. She was born near Calgary, Alberta. , publisher, Sharlene Azam, actress, Tina Keeper Christina (Tina) Keeper, MP, born March 20, 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is an Aboriginal activist, actress and member of the Canadian House of Commons.
Keeper is best known for her role as RCMP officer Michelle Kenidi in the CBC Television series North of 60 , Olympic medalist An Olympic medalist is the winner of a medal in one of the Olympic Games. There are three classes of medal: gold, silver and bronze. Some countries, besides supporting all their Olympic athletes, pay sums of money and gifts to medal winners depending on the classes and number of , Silken Laumann and journalist, Irshad Manji. Kellogg's Special K, which has been promoting healthy body images through advertisements as seen on TV and in Chatelaine magazine and other publications, provided the bursaries.
"With this type of book we just want to say to young women that we are beautiful just as we are. We do not have to be a certain way to be happy or to be loved, or even to love others," said Torres. "We should treat our bodies well. Not just the young women, but all women. This is an issue that not only touches one person, but that it happens to a lot of us," she said.