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In the Mix

Self-Image: The Fantasy, the Reality (#424)

This episode shows viewers how to "tune-out" body-conscious media images in order to be more accepting of who they are. The American obsession with the "perfect" body is driving today's teenagers to diet, use steroids, abuse drugs and alcohol, smoke, and even develop dangerous eating disorders. Real teens speak their minds about how the media's images of waif-thin models and macho-males make them feel about their own bodies. They also share firsthand experiences of the dangers of eating disorders and steroid use and give advice on how to get help and achieve healthy self-esteem. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Information For Teachers

Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Social Studies
Series Length
54 episodes
Average Episode Length
28 minutes
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Series Description: IN THE MIX is the series that "manages to be both hip and responsible." The series' single-theme episodes offer solution-oriented examinations of critical issues and profiles of model programs that provide teens with information needed to make thoughtful decisions. Also highlighted are the accomplishments of young people of diverse backgrounds, providing much needed positive role models.

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