The Goodbye Time by Celeste Conway

Body Image and the Media

by Celeste Conway

for Grades 3-6

Body Image and the Media provides a balanced look at a hot-button topic. Explore the pros and cons of the idealized portrayal of people in different types of media, what effects this has on a boy or girl’s body image, the dangers of a negative body image, and what people do to change their bodies (including eating disorders and cosmetic surgery), as well as the influence of parents and peers on a person’s body image. Full-color photos, a glossary, an index, sidebars, primary source documents, and other creative content enhance the book. It also includes prompts and activities that directly engage students in developing the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills required by the Common Core standards. This well-researched title has a credentialed content consultant and aligns with Common Core and state standards.

ABDO Publishing Company.
ISBN-13: 9781617837821
Pages: 48
Publication date: 1/1/2013


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“By providing different arguments about contemporary issues, this series, which is designed to align with the CCSS, asks readers to think critically and evaluate alternative points of view. Body Image, Television, and Books are standout entries. Body explores the effects of media on self-image, while Television examines the history and effects of reality TV shows, and Banned looks at book challenges from different angles. In all of the titles, the clean design integrates textual and visual (charts, graphs, photos, etc.) information. Text boxes contain suggestions to "Explore Online," "Straight to the Source" primary-source excerpts, "Further Evidence" writing exercises, or interesting facts. The publisher's "Web Links" at the end of each volume lead readers to websites that contain current articles and multimedia to round out the content explored. These trendy topics will grab casual readers and report writers alike.”

—School Library Journal

“How you think and feel about your physical self is your body image. Boys as well as girls are affected. According to, American kids spend approximately 7.5 hours a day using computers, TV, video games and other electronic media. Of these, three to four hours are watching television with 3,000 advertisements. Thinness is what is valued in all of this exposure. Even children eight to ten years old view skinny bodies as happy, kind, and smart. Muscles are desirable for boys. Action figures such as GI Joe have become more muscled through the years. If he were real, his biceps larger than any other body builders in history. As bad as some media has been promoting the super thin there have been campaigns such as Dove's Evolution of Beauty, to combat it. National Institutes of Health has other programs. The best part of the book are the parts that encourage the reader to decide how they feel about an issue such as the media or body image and write a short persuasive essay about it. Another one is where the reader could list two or three ways the media affects the way they read a fashion magazine. The reader is encouraged to think back about the new words they have learned by reading this book. This is an incredible resource for any tween or teen doing a research paper or just learning about the issue. This is a book that should be in libraries and pediatrician offices.”

—RevaBeth Russell, Children’s Literature