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Time for Health Education

Edited By Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

Health and healthy life styles are something that we all would like to induce in our youths and children. This book provides a new perspective for health education. It represents Finnish ideas and solutions of health education and provides analyses of health promotion. In today’s world, health education is expected to offer holistic information and increase understanding about the communal and environmental health issues along with individual choices and concern over fellow humans. This book presents a multidimensional analysis starting from the history of health education to the most current innovative health concepts. The book also includes hands-on examples of health promotion at various education levels.
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How to Use Positive Psychology to Beat Anorexia?


Marika Savukoski, Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

Anorexia nervosa is mostly related to different obsessions, an infinite desire to lose weight, and a huge fear of weight gain. Anorectic life seems to just rotate around food and dieting. The secret goal is to destroy one’s own appetite completely1 Life is controlled and over-regulated; repeating the same routines day after day because of the fear of losing control. The anorectic believe that the control shows discipline and self-mastery2. In their own eyes, only slenderness and a body without fat appear to validate and offer a decent life3,4,5. Anorexia is a business deal grounded in hard thoughts, feelings, and fears, through self punishment6. Giddens7 describes anorexia as a form of addiction in late modern time. He lists the addictions in the anorectic as including coffee, drugs, alcohol, work, fitness, sex, and love. Anorexia demonstrates the negative effect of an individual in society (Giddens, 1996): anorexia enables individuals to try to resolve the question of how to be a good citizen in the performance and efficiency of a society that values them8.

An estimated 5-10 million girls and women, and nearly a million boys and men, suffer from some form of eating disorder8. In Finland, about two percent of women aged between 15 and 20 develop eating disorders and 15 percent have problems with eating9. It is one of the most common problems for young women with mental health disorders10. In the last decade,...

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