Why the significant difference between females and males, all other things being equal? Kimberly Davidson, author of ‘Torn Between Two Masters’, believes mass media messages and the body images set by the modeling and movie industries have affected the increase of eating disorders in teens, both female and male.
“Most American teenage girls,” stated Ms. Davidson, “feel increased pressured by the fashion and media industries to be skinny. They struggle when they look at themselves in the mirror. Compared to guys, there are radical differences when it comes to acceptable body type preferences—
The study linked together depression and substance abuse. “Eating dinner together,” responded Ms. Davidson, “has been shown to prevent or reduce the risk of eating disorders, depression, and drug and alcohol use. It doesn't have to be a home-cooked meal. The idea is to bring the family together.”
Other subjects covered in ‘Torn Between Two Masters: Encouraging Teens to Live Authentically in a Celebrity-Obsessed World’ include but are not limited to:
* Why the lure of celebrity is so powerful
* How to minimize celebrity obsession by increasing a teen's self-worth
* The best ways to help teens navigate and be critical of the media
* How to identify and discourage negative and normalized behaviors such as 'hooking up’ and body sculpturing
* How Jesus Christ can transform a teen's life into one of purpose
“From a pastoral counselor's perspective”
Kimberly Davidson is available for media interviews and speaking engagements and can be reached using the information below or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at her website at http://www.olivebranchoutreach.com. ‘Torn Between Two Masters: Encouraging Teens to Live Authentically in a Celebrity-Obsessed World’ is available at Amazon and other online book retailers.
About Kimberly Davidson:
Kimberly Davidson received a MA from Western Seminary, a BS from the University of Iowa, is a board certified biblical counselor and spiritual development coach. She has ministered to women for over ten years, from the walls of prison to youth centers, inspiring them to empower God to meet their emotional and spiritual needs. Kimberly is also a Her Journey leader with ARMS (Abuse Recovery Ministry Services) and a Guest Instructor at Western Seminary on the subject of Eating Disorders and Body Image.
Kimberly is the author of five books and a contributor to five books, and has penned numerous articles. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kimberly has lived in Iowa, New York (Long Island), London, suburbia Chicago, and Los Angeles.