Join us Tuesday, September 29, for the Fifth Annual Faculty Fellow Lecture and First Scarlet Scholars Lecture, featuring Dr. Charlotte Markey, Professor of Psychology. Dr. Markey will present, “Raising Body Positive Girls.” 

All are welcome to attend this virtual lecture. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. on September 29. Registration is required and due by September 24. A link to the Zoom webinar will be sent via email ahead of the event.


What is body image and why should we care about “raising body positive girls”?

The vast majority of tween and teen girls express dissatisfaction about their bodies and their appearances in general. This dissatisfaction is not a discrete or superficial worry. It’s a set of concerns that affect all facets of girls’ lives including their physical and mental health, sense of self, interpersonal relationships, and future aspirations.

In this presentation, I will review some of the latest research featured in my book, The Body Image Book for Girls:  Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless, and discuss my experience of writing for health promotion. The research reveals triggers of body dissatisfaction (e.g., social media) and identifies practices that contribute to body-positive girls. I’ll also talk about the challenges of writing a book for teenagers. If you have a body and have ever wanted to feel better about it, or know, have known, or will know a teenaged girl, or have read or want to write a book for young people, this presentation is relevant to you.  

About Dr. Markey:

Dr. Charlotte Markey, is a health psychologist with a particular interest in eating-related behaviors (i.e., body image, attempts at weight loss). She is especially interested in romantic partners’ role in eating-related behaviors. Some of her research has also examined parents’ influences on their children’s eating-related behaviors and media influences on body image.