Media Advisory: Canadian self-esteem expert available to comment on new study linking levels of popularity and weight gain

    TORONTO, Jan. 9 /CNW/ - A study released yesterday from the Harvard
School of Public Health, appearing in January's Archives of Pediatrics and
Adolescent Medicine, states that young girls who see themselves as unpopular
are more likely to gain weight over a two-year period than girls who see
themselves as higher up on the social rankings.
    Why should parents seeing these results be concerned? And, more
importantly, what can they do to help build strong self-esteem in their
    INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: Lisa Naylor, Winnipeg-based counsellor and
self-esteem expert is available to offer tips for parents and mentors on how
to open the dialogue on popularity and how to foster a healthy self-esteem in
the young girls in their lives.
    Research conducted by the Dove Self-Esteem Fund has shown that mothers
are one of the predominant influences in the development of their daughter's
self-esteem - more so than even celebrities or the media.
    "This study shows that low self-esteem can have very real health
consequences," says Naylor. "Parents seeing these research results need to
understand they have the power to grow and develop the self-esteem of their

    About Lisa Naylor:

    Lisa Naylor has worked as a counsellor and health educator with girls and
women for the past 15 years in both Winnipeg and Toronto, and an advisor to
the Dove Self-Esteem Fund. As a health educator, Lisa has trained volunteers
who have provided more than 500 body image and self-esteem workshops in
Manitoba schools. She has also facilitated workshops for teachers, guidance
counselors, childcare workers and parents aimed at fostering high self esteem
in children and eating disorder prevention. As a founding member of the
Manitoba Network on Disordered Eating, Lisa has contributed to the development
of a provincial framework for prevention, intervention and treatment.

    The Dove Self-Esteem Fund develops and distributes free resources that
enable and empower women and girls to embrace a broad definition of beauty.

For further information:

For further information: To set up an interview with Lisa Naylor, please
contact: Megan Matthews, Harbinger, (416) 720-1209; Lisa Lang, Harbinger,
(416) 420-7605,

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