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Media and Internalization of the “Thin Ideal”
Almost all social–cultural explanations for the development of eating disorders implicate the media. This website, produced by PBS, describes a class activity in which students review images from their favorite magazines and determine the extent to which these images promote the socially sanctioned thin ideal.
National Eating Disorders Association
The National Eating Disorders Association advocates on behalf of individuals and families affected by eating disorders. The organization campaigns for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders.
NIMH: Eating Disorders: About More Than Food
NIMH has published an online booklet about eating disorders. Their website also includes links to other information across the web.
Compute a BMI
This excellent calculator will allow you to calculate the Body Mass Index of a child or adolescent. You will need to install Java to run the calculator if you do not have it already. The site is maintained by the USDA and Baylor College of Medicine. (If you would like to check your own BMI, this site will calculate BMI for adults: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in Children
ASHA provides helpful information about the role of speech-language pathologists in working with children with feeding disorders.