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Episcopal High School

Choices Program

Choices Mission

Choices aims to reduce high-risk behavior through a comprehensive education and counseling program involving all members of the school community including students, parents, and faculty.

Through working together for an in‐depth understanding of the particular needs and issues of the school’s community, the partnership will focus on reducing risk by increasing the use of executive function skills.

Choices will reach out to students and parents in an effort to educate and support. We will also increase EHS faculty’s knowledge and skills in dealing with these high risk behaviors. Our goal is to reduce stigma and increase empathy within our community.

You can reach the Choices Counselor, Sam Scharff, by e-mailing her at sscharff@ehshouston.org or 713 512 3481.

Please know all comments, questions, or concerns will remain confidential.

The Choices Topic is Body Image & Eating Disorders

The beauty and diet industries, combined with what is seen on TV, in magazines, and online greatly shapes many expectations of beauty. These expectations can be idealized and are often unattainable, leading to low self-esteem, poor body image, and eating disorders.

What is Body Image?

-The way someone perceives their body and assumes others perceive them.

-This image is often affected by family, friends, social pressure and the media.

Facts and Stats:

  • 95% of people suffering from eating disorders are between the ages of 12-25.
  • 1 in 6 cases of eating disorders diagnosed are in men.
  • In the US, 2 out of every 100 students will struggle with an eating disorder.
  • Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful.
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.


Signs & Symptoms

ANOREXIA NERVOSA:

Refusal to maintain a minimally normal body weight

Intense fear of gaining weight

Significant disturbance in the perception of the shape or size of one's body

Often accompanied by depressed mood, social withdrawal, irritability, insomnia, or anxiety

BULIMIA NERVOSA

  • Eating an unusually large amount of food at one time followed by compensatory behaviors (such as vomiting, taking laxatives, excessive exercise) to prevent weight gain
  • Typically triggered by anxiety, depression, stress or intense hunger following dietary restrictions or negative feelings related to body weight, shape, and food


BINGE EATING DISORDER

Recurring episodes of eating significantly more food in a short period of time, marked with feelings of lack of control. May have guilt, embarrassment or disgust and may binge alone


Body Image and Eating Disorders

To find out more information on Body Image and Eating Disorders click here to see the Choices Topic Handout- Body Image & Eating Disorder.

View the Links below for more information and ways to get involved!

For More Information on Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders in Teens

Video Series Describing Signs of E.D.

Addiction

Addiction can be a scary word, but it is important to be aware of what the road to addiction looks like in order to intervene as soon as possible. Review the chart above, and please contact the Choices Counselor, Sam Scharff, by emailing her at sscharff@ehshouston.org if you have any questions or concerns about what addiction may look like in someone you know.

Did You Miss It?

Click here for the February 2017 Choices Handout: Body Image and Eating Disorders

Click here for the January 2017 Choices Handouts- Teens and Gambling and Video Game Compulsion

Click here for the December 2016 Choices Handouts: Suicide Prevention and Stress Management

Click here for the November 2016 Choices Handout: Healthy Relationships

Click here for the October 2016 Choices Handout: Relational Aggression

Click here for the September 2016 Choices Handout: Alcohol Awareness

Click here for the September 2016 Parent Forum: The Science of High Risk Behavior

Click here for the August 2016 Choices Handout: E-Cigarettes & Tobacco Use

Click here for the April 2016 Choices Handout- Drug Use

Click here for the April 2016 Parent Forum- Preparing for Summer

Click here for March 2016 Choices Handout- Alcohol Awareness

Click here for March 2016 Alcohol Awareness & Rodeo Guidlines Slides

Click here for February's Choices Handout- Teens, Social Media, and Technology

Click here for February 2016 Parent Forum- Words and Tools for Dealing with Difficult Situations with Our Teens

Click here for the January 2016 Choices Handouts- Teens and Gambling and Video Game Compulsion

Click here for the December 2015 Choices Handout on Suicide Awareness

Click here for the December 2015 Choices Handout- Teens and Stress

Click here for December 2014 Parent Forum- You Think You're Stressed- Teens and Stress Management

Click here for November 2015 Choices Handout- Body and Self Image

Click here for the November 2015 Parent Forum on body and self image- Healthy Body and Self Image

Click here for October's Choices Handout- Relationship Reality and Dating Violence

Click here for the October 2015 Parent Forum on Healthy communication, sex and relationships- Modern Family: How to talk about sex, communication and boundaries within your family!

Click here for September’s Choices Topic Handout- Cyber Bullying: Delete it!

Click here for the September 2015 Parent Forum on teenage brain development- My Kid Did What!

Click here for August’s Choices Topic Handout- Nicotine and Tobacco: You Can’t Afford the Cost

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