When Girls Feel Fat: Helping Girls Through Adolescence

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Who hasn't heard a young girl wail, "I'm not going to school today. I feel so fat!" But as therapist and teacher Sandy Friedman explains, feeling fat is simply a code for expressing stressful or negative feelings. Feeling fat often really means a girl is feeling inadequate or ugly or bad.

In When Girls Feel Fat, Sandy Friedman helps parents, teachers and girls themselves to understand and cope with the difficult process of adolescence. This book gives parents empathetic, clear and proven strategies to deal with conflict, to recognize that "worries about weight" can lead to more serious eating disorders, to maintain a connection in the face of "tuning out" and to cope with the grungies - Friedman's term for the voice of self-deprecating negative feelings.

In the face of today's "feeling fat" epidemic among girls as young as seven, When Girls Feel Fat is a timely and practical book that will help all parents guide their daughters into healthy, confident womanhood.

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Sandy Friedman is a therapist and consultant to the Vancouver Board of Health who specializes in the prevention of eating disorders among girls. A high school teacher for many years, she obtained her master's degree in psychology and through an initial concern with her own body image, she began studying and counselling patients with eating disorders. She has developed a school program in the Greater Vancouver area, "Girls in the '90s," which helps young girls develop healthy body images, confidence and self-esteem. "Girls of the '90s" is extensively promoted in the media by Ms. Friedman and has become a prototype for other programs focusing on girls and puberty.

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