Too fat, too thin. Muffin top, flat bum, thunder thighs, spaghetti arms. From an early age, kids learn they are judged for how they look. Both boys and girls are bombarded with messages of what they should look like and are shamed for not measuring up. When kids encounter conflict based on stereotypes of body image, they need the understanding and the tools to deal with the situation and not let it damage their self-esteem. This book provides information, relatable situations and opportunities for kids to explore cultural standards, their own assumptions and those of others.
This accessible illustrated book offers information, quizzes, comics and real-life situations to help kids think critically about body image, how it influences how others see them and how they see themselves. Considered from the viewpoints of the Internalizer, who suffers from body-image issues, the Influencer, who perpetuates negative stereotypes and standards of body image and the Witness, with conflicts around body image, this issue is identified, examined and put into a context kids can use to navigate issues of shaming and self-esteem.
TIERRA HOHN is a public health professional with a Master of Public Health from Western University. Her lived experience has driven her passion for advocacy and building awareness around eating disorders and body image. For several years she has run workshops and facilitated discussions on such topics, with the purpose of educating and empowering others. She is also a yoga teacher. Tierra lives and works in Toronto.
MARNE GRAHLMAN is an illustrator with a Bachelor of Design in Illustration from OCAD University. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, VICE, This Magazine and others. Her work is conceptually-based and explores metaphors in surreal environments. Marne lives in Toronto.
A good choice for middle school libraries that would help support information literacy lessons and SEL activities.