Session 3 Extra: Identity & Purpose

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Session 3: Eating Disorders

In this session your teens consider the question “Do I have worth and value?” and see how God’s Word addresses it. An unfortunate side effect of the Internet age is the proliferation of destructive information available to teenagers, including sites promoting anorexia and bulimia. What do you need to know about this? Read this article:

Surfing to Be Thin
Websites Lure Teens, Give Dangerous Advice on Anorexia, Bulimia

“In a Facebook age where image is everything, vulnerable teens, especially girls, can be tempted by the lure of “thinspiration.

“Hundreds, maybe even more than a thousand, websites inspire people to embrace anorexia and bulimia as a lifestyle. Called pro-ana or pro-mia (short for pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia) such sites offer dieting and purging tips, inspiring quotes, and photos (called thinspiration or thinspo) of models that range from naturally slim to starvation thin. While some parents are quick to dismiss the issue, studies show the sites are very seductive. …”

Read more here…

What advice do you have for dealing with these situations as a youth leader?

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