Mimi Nichter, PhD
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Arizona
Baker-Nord Center (206 Clark Hall)
In research reports and the media it is not unusual to read that there is an epidemic of dieting among adolescent girls. At the same time, however, there are growing concerns about rising obesity among American youth. Drawing on ethnographic research with teenage girls, this presentation will discuss how girls feel about themselves and their bodies, ideas about body size, and social relations between females. The need for school-based prevention and intervention for healthy body image will also be discussed.
This lecture is the second of a three-part public lecture series on “Girls and Girlhood” sponsored by the Schubert Center for Child Studies, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, and the Case Center for Women. Click here for a list of all three topics and speakers in this series.
For more information, contact the Schubert Center.