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Children's Book of the Month

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“The ultimate handbook to help boys navigate puberty and develop a healthy body image." — Judi Craddock, Author of The Little Book of Body Confidence

Being You : The Body Image Book for Boys - Charlotte Markey

From early childhood boys often feel pressured to be athletic and muscular. But what impact does this have on physical and mental well-being through their teens and beyond? Worryingly, a third of teen boys are trying to 'bulk up' due to body dissatisfaction, and boys and men account for 25% of eating disorder cases. What can we tell our boys to help them feel happy and confident simply being themselves? Being You has the answers! It's an easy-to-read, evidence-based guide to developing a positive body image for boys aged 12+. It covers all the facts on puberty, diet, exercise, self-care, mental health, social media, and everything in-between. Boys will find answers to the questions most on their mind, the truth behind many diet and exercise myths, and real-life stories from other boys. Armed with this book, they will understand that muscles don't make a man - it's enough simply being you!



Meet the Author

Charlotte Markey

Charlotte Markey is Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of the Health Sciences Center at Rutgers University, Camden.
She is a world-leading expert in body image research, having studied body image, eating behaviour and weight management for over twenty-five years.
Through all her roles as a scientist, teacher, writer and parent she is passionate about understanding what makes us feel good about our bodies and helping others to develop a healthy body image. Dr Markey is the author of, The Body Image Book for Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless (2020) and, Smart People Don't Diet (2014) dubbed as 'possibly the best book about weight loss ever written' by Scientific American. Her research has gained widespread media attention, having been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Economist, ABC News and Time Magazine.

Dr. Daniel Hart is a developmental psychologist and distinguished Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University, Camden, who has studied and worked with adolescents and young adults for more than 30 years. He has written several books, including Becoming Men. Dan is passionateabout understanding factors that lead to healthy development, especially when young people experience disadvantaged upbringings. Dan likes to visit his daughter and her partner
and his son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters as much as possible. He enjoys teasing Charlie and Grace and hiking, reading, and playing basketball in his free time.

Douglas Zacher, MA, has a longstanding interest in issues pertaining to mental health, eating, education, and public policy. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Public Affairs/Community Development at Rutgers University, Camden, where he is also a part-time lecturer teaching classes including Introduction to Psychology. Doug conducted many of the interviews that appear in this book and made sure that his (somewhat) older collaborators didn’t sound
completely out of touch. In his free time, he enjoys working on computers, reading and watching comics, hiking and camping, and playing video games.