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Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women

by Renee Engeln - £10.99  HarperCollins Publishers Inc (2018)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780062469786 | ISBN 10: 0062469789

An award-winning Northwestern University psychology professor reveals how the obsession over body image in today's generation of women is an epidemic that is harming their ability to get ahead and to live happy, meaningful lives in this powerful, eye-opening work in the vein of Naomi Klein, Peggy Ornstein, and Sheryl Sandberg.
Today's young women embody a bewildering set of contradictions when it comes to beauty. They don't want to be Barbie dolls, but, like generations of women before them, feel they must look like them. They're angry about media's treatment of women, but hungrily consume the very outlets that belittle them. They mock modern culture's absurd beauty ideal and make videos exposing Photoshopping tricks, but try to emulate the same images they criticize by posing with a skinny arm. They understand what they see isn't real, but still download apps to airbrush their selfies. Yet these same young women are fierce fighters for the issues they care about. They are ready to drop their mirrors and create a different world for themselves, but they need a way forward.
In Beauty Sick, Dr. Renee Engeln, whose TEDX talk on Beauty Sickness has received more than 250,000 views, reveals the shocking consequences of girls' obsession with appearance on their emotional and physicalal health, their wallets and their ambitions, including depression, eating disorders, disruptions in cognitive processing, and lost money and time.
Combing scientific studies with the voices of real young women, she makes clear that to truly fulfill their potential, women must break free from these destructive desires, attitudes, and words - from fat-shaming to denigrating commentary. She provides inspiration and workable solutions to help them overcome negative attitudes and embrace their whole selves to transform their lives, claim they futures they deserve, and ultimately, change their world.

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