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Teen Health Fact Sheets

The What's Up? Teen Health Fact Sheets
These fact sheets, developed by the Child and Adolescent Health Section of the Washington State Department of Health, contain information for adults who care about teens. The series of 16 fact sheets can be downloaded or ordered for free.

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Body Image

An advocacy group who promotes positive self-esteem in girls and women of all ages, sizes, races and backgrounds through a spirited approach to media education, outreach and activism.

Adolescent Girls and Body Image
The National Association of Social Workers explores the ramifications of body image on female adolescents.

Body Positive
Boosting body image at any weight.

A PBS show investigates how modern life, biology and genetics influence our relationship with food.

Dr. Jean Kilbourne: Media Researcher and Lecturer
Dr. Kilbourne explores the relationship of media images to societal problems, such as violence, the sexual abuse of children, rape and sexual harassment, pornography and censorship, teenage pregnancy, addiction, and eating disorders. She also educates her audiences about the primary purpose of the mass media, which is to deliver audiences to advertisers.

Self Image: The Fantasy, The Reality
A PBS show gets behind the images we see on television and in films, magazines, and billboards, and aims to help you understand what's real and what's not.

Teen Voices
A magazine written by, for, and about young women. With a very interesting section on body image in advertising.

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Center For Science In the Public Interest
An advocate for "nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science."

Fast food content finder
Olen Publishing's interactive food finder.

Fast Food Nation
Eric Schlosser's book argues that Americans should change their dietary habits.

Fast Food Nutrition Facts Explorer
A searchable database of the nutritional data present on the websites of twelve of the most popular fast food restaurant chains.

Food Pyramid
The USDA Guide to Daily Food Choices

Games for middle-school-aged children that shows how the food environment (advertising, portion sizes, school vending choices) influences their food choices and how to eat well.

Soft Drinks and Health
A look at the nutritional value of soft drinks

Information and advice about health, relationships, and growing up.

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Eating Disorders

Dying to Be Thin
A PBS/NOVA show about young girls and their battles with eating disorders. Visit the site to watch the show in its entirety and find more links related to eating disorders.

Eating Disorders Information Central
America's Continuing Education network offers a wealth of information about eating disorders.

National Eating Disorders Association
The National Eating Disorders Association is the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to the elimination of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction.

Something Fishy
A website created by a husband & wife creative team dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to people with eating disorders and their loved-ones.

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