1 in 3 teenage girls are withdrawing from classroom debate because the don’t want to draw attention to the way they look.*
1 in 5 girls will fail to show up to class at all on days they don’t feel good about themselves.*
When it comes to exams, if teenage girls perceive themselves as not “thin enough” on any particular exam day, they will score a lower grade point average than their peers who are not concerned with their looks.*
Teenage girls disproportionately struggle with body image and eating disorders, usually leading to a decrease in grades and self esteem. How do we, as parents, teachers, or mentors, best support the teenage girls in our lives? How do we talk to teenage girls about their bodies in a healthy, non harmful way? This workshop will explore teenage body image and how to best support the teenage girl in your life to gain the tools she needs to succeed.
Guest Presenter: Victoria Abel, MA, MNT, CAN
Victoria has been in the field of addiction and recovery since 1992, having received her first Masters and working in dual diagnosis treatment centers. After her daughter’s critical illness was healed through a change in diet, her interest in food escalated. After completing a nutrition degree she combined her years as an addiction therapist and her passion for nutrition and creativity. She now consults at many treatment centers as well as one on one nutrition therapy with clients. She also is the nutrition therapist for partners for integrated cancer therapies. She provides nutrition information for patients fighting cancer and other diseases. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her now very healthy daughter.