Body Talk: The Straight Facts on Fitness, Nutrition and Feeling Great About Yourself


64 pages
Contains Index
ISBN 1-894379-27-6
DDC j613'.04242





Illustrations by Claudia Dávila
Reviewed by Elizabeth Levin

Elizabeth Levin is a professor of psychology at Laurentian University.


Aimed at the preteen girl, Body Talk is a book about being yourself and
developing self-esteem through strategies that include fitness,
nutrition, and downplaying the importance of looks.

The book is divided into seven chapters. Chapter 1 shows how
society’s conception of beautiful women has evolved over the last 200
years. Chapter 2 explores body-image problems, while Chapter 3 discusses
how the skin changes during puberty and provides skin-care advice.
Chapter 4 looks at cosmetic surgery and the media’s role in its
growing popularity. Chapter 5 examines eating disorders. Chapters 6 and
7 cover fitness and nutrition, respectively. All measurements are
provided in both imperial and metric units, but despite one reference to
an Ontario high-school initiative, most of the other information is

Colorful illustrations accompany the lively text, which gets the
message across without being too preachy. Recommended.


Douglas, Ann, and Julie Douglas., “Body Talk: The Straight Facts on Fitness, Nutrition and Feeling Great About Yourself,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 17, 2024,