BODY IMAGE STATS
The group also reveals, by age 13, about 53-percent of American girls are unhappy with their bodies. By 17, it’s 78-percent.
THERE IS HELP
But you can power through and improve your body image. There are many resources and organizations to help including groups for young women and boys to teens and even adults.
A lot of groups and organizations are also looking for volunteers as well.
Here are some organizations in the Triad that promote empowerment, body image/acceptance.
EMPOWERED GIRLS NC
This is a nonprofit group in Greensboro. Empowered Girls NC serves girls ages, 6-18. The focus is on empowering girls for the future.
What you should know about Empowered Girls NC: Facts Q&A
Empowered Girls NC: Event List
I AM A QUEEN
I Am A Queen is another girls empowerment organization but in High Point. I Am A Queen’s Mentoring Program is a year-round program dedicated to the growth and development of girls ages, 10-18. According to the organization, girls participate in self-esteem and leadership training workshops that target keys areas in their adolescents such as money management, self-worth, healthy relationships, health and fitness, business etiquette and career planning.
Find out more about: I Am A Queen
Contact: I Am A Queen
AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALE INITIATIVE
The African-American Male Initiative is an organization in Greensboro started by the United Way of Greater Greensboro. The mentoring program currently operates at Wiley Elementary, Jackson Middle, and Smith High schools in partnership with Guilford County Schools.
Find out more: How to become a mentor
Find out more: How to volunteer
Youth Focus is a local non-profit dedicated to serving Guilford County’s youth and families since 1971. Youth Focus offers substance abuse counseling, foster care, young women’s housing, counseling, emergency housing, school and educational groups.
Contact: Youth Focus
Services List: Youth Focus
LEAD GIRLS OF NC
LEAD Girls Of NC is based out of Winston-Salem. The organization is dedicated to providing tools and resources for low-income/at-risk preteen girls to become active leaders in their communities. The organization also includes a mentor program.
Find out more about: LEAD Girls Of NC
BALD BEAUTIFIED TOO
The Bald Beautified Too organization is in Whitsett. It provides mentoring and a number of resources for young women. The Powerhouse Mentor Program provides opportunities for girls ages, 9 to 18 to become partners in a constructive and positive mentor – mentee relationship.
Bald Beautified Too: Mentee Application Form
Bald Beautified Too: Mentor Inquiry Form
Find out more about: 1-2-1 Mentoring
1-2-1 Mentoring: Mentor Application Form
EATING DISORDERS SYMPTOMS
Eating Disorders symptoms and information from bulimia.com
In general, eating disorders involve symptoms such as:
- Fixating on your body weight and shape.
- Basing your self-esteem on weight or body shape.
- Being hypercritical of perceived physical imperfections.
- Dramatically changing what you eat and the way you eat, such as restricting what you eat, or binging and then purging after you eat, or eating enormous quantities of food and not purging.
- Experiencing a lack of control over problematic eating behaviors.
- Avoiding the severity of the situation, such as making light of or becoming defensive when confronted by others about your eating patterns.
- Feeling shame and guilt about your eating habits.
- Being addicted to food such that you feel uncontrollable cravings for certain foods, such as sugar, and being unable to control your intake of these foods.
EATING DISORDER HELPLINES, RESOURCES
This helpline offers support Monday–Thursday from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. EST, and Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. EST. You can expect to receive support, information, referrals, and guidance about treatment options for either you or your loved one. You can also contact this helpline through its online chat function, available on its website. Additionally, there is an option to send a text message if you are in crisis by texting NEDA to 741741; a trained volunteer from the Crisis Text Line will get in touch with you.
This eating disorders helpline offers treatment referrals nationwide.
This is a hotline dedicated to serving anyone in crisis.
Currently serving people in the United States, the hotline operates Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. CST, with plans for a 24/7 hotline coming soon.
This hotline is available to people worldwide who need a referral to an Overeaters Anonymous support meeting in their area.