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Skin Deep teaches media literacy skills to help your students decode media messages about food, eating, weight, and body image. Your students will learn to carve their own path by rejecting external influences on their self-esteem, accepting themselves as they are, and being true to themselves.

Skin Deep teaches kids that they don't need to give up media—they just need to learn how to be smart consumers.

Skin Deep is part one of the four-part FUEL™ series. As part of our kids-teaching-kids approach, all of the FUEL videos include interviews with youth activist groups about their solutions to childhood obesity issues. These are some of the issues they discuss in Skin Deep:

  • The three main ways advertisers manipulate us is through fear, longing, and competition.

  • The media is giving conflicting messages: Eat a lot of junk food, but look like the models in the ads.

  • There is a link between media and big business, and teens are manipulated by both.

  • The standards of beauty are constantly changing.

  • It's important to have tolerance of one's self and of others. Different body shapes are good for different things.

  • Eating disorders come from a distorted body image and body dissatisfaction and require specialized physical and psychological treatment.

  • It’s important to be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.
  • Youth Empowerment in Action!
    College of Education
    University of Missouri - St. Louis
    One University Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63121 USA