As Perri Klass (pediatrician, personal hero) describes in this article, it's not just the disenfranchised youth but also the mainstream ones who face hurdles around self esteem during adolescence. GUTS (Growing Up Today Study) looked beyond body image perception and asked: what medicine and supplements do typical developing tweens and teens take in an effort to change their shape? The answers may not be surprising, but the numbers of teens doing it might...
I love the Bloomberg administration's continued insistence on beating the health and wellness drum. Looks like they are choosing an issue that is near and dear to my heart this time: girls' self esteem. Samantha Levine and Mayor Bloomberg, let me know if I can ever join your campaign to raise strong, happy, healthy girls!