Gems of the Heart Eating Disorder Prevention Program
Gems of the Heart (GOH) is a prevention program designed to build esteem and empowerment in youth between the ages of 9-13. Gems of the Heart provides young girls with the knowledge and tools to become confident, healthy, and strong young ladies as they enter middle school, through a 9 part curriculum and a mother-daughter enrichment program.
Gems of the Heart Curriculum is a nine-session program designed to fit with any situation or environment. Throughout the program the participants learn about important topics such as self-acceptance, positive body image, nutrition, physical fitness, and healthy communication.
Our mother-daughter enrichment program is referred asGems of the Heart Jewelry Party. This fun interactive time involves mothers and daughters making jewelry in homes while hearing a prevention talk and engaging in question/answer sessions.
Please contact Gems of the Heart Program Director Karyn Corellfor more information on how to start a Gems of the Heart program at your school or youth program today! Our program is absolutely FREE! Click here for our brochure or register HEREfor our services.
Statistics Reveal the Need for Prevention Programming
More than 80% of women are reported to be dissatisfied with their appearance
The peak onset of eating disorders occurs during puberty and the late teen/early
adult years, but symptoms can occur as young as kindergarten
Over half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy
weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes,
vomiting, and taking laxatives (Neumark-Sztainer, 2005)
Girls who diet frequently are 12 times as likely to binge as girls who don’t diet
42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner (Collins, 1991)
81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat (Mellin et al., 1991)
The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average
American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds
Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women (Smolak, 1996)
Despite its prevalence, there is inadequate research funding for eating disorders.
Funding for eating disorders research is approximately 75% less than that for
Alzheimer’s disease. In the year 2005, the National Institute of Health (NIH) funded
the following disorders accordingly:
Illness Prevalence Research Funds
Eating disorders: 10 million $12,000,000*
Alzheimer’s disease: 4.5 million $647,000,000
Schizophrenia: 2.2 million $350,000,000
* The reported research funds are for anorexia nervosa only. No estimated funding
is reported for bulimia nervosa or eating disorders not otherwise specified.