A new study finds that girls’ self-image, namely, the extent to which they think they’re popular, may affect their future weight. As reported on CNN.com, the study found that “[t]hose who believed they were unpopular gained more weight over a two-year period than girls who viewed themselves as more popular.”
And meanwhiile, former Miss America swimsuit competition winner and Harvard womenâ€™s studies graduate Nancy Redd has come out with what sounds like a must-read for today’s girls. It’s a book called BODY DRAMA: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers . As blogger and feminist media studies teacher Megan Pincus Kajitani notes in a recent review,
â€œBottom line, what Nancy Redd says, and shows, girls and women in this book is, in a word, revolutionary. Itâ€™s not for the prim our faint-hearted, I warn you. Although I also think those are the ones who may need this book most. Nancy Redd leaves no taboo body topic undiscussed â€” or [un]photographed â€” in this book, unlike any Iâ€™ve ever seen. (Not at all shocking to this Vagina Monologues veteran, but I have no doubt this book will be burned in certain sectors, like many truth-telling tales before it.)”
Redd’s message? Embrace your body. Respect yourself. Be healthy without striving for â€œperfect.â€ Sounds like many of us grown-up girls–myself included–need this book too.
(For more, check out the blog tour going on over at MotherTalk.)