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Eating disorders among adolescents in South African public schools – a biblical perspective

S. Schoeman, H.M. Vogel
Koers - Bulletin for Christian Scholarship/Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap | Vol 70, No 1 | a258 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koers.v70i1.258 | © 2005 S. Schoeman, H.M. Vogel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 July 2005 | Published: 31 July 2005

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S. Schoeman, Department of Teacher Education, UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa
H.M. Vogel, Department of Teacher Education, UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Society’s obsession with thinness and body image is part of every school’s hidden curriculum. The ideal to be skinny and thin resulted in an escalation in eating disorders among adolescents in South Africa. Some of the learners are only in the senior phase (Grades 7 to 9) of the general education and training band. It is therefore timely to review the problem of eating disorders, especially among adolescents in South African public schools. The purpose of this article is firstly to provide policy-makers, curriculum developers, educational ad-ministrators and educators with knowledge of the biblical view of health and to illustrate the pedagogical potential of such a view. Secondly the purpose is to assist Christian educators in teaching learners in public schools the necessary knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to counteract eating disorders by using, among other things, biblical truths.

Keywords

Adolescents; Bible And Self-Image; Eating Disorders; School; Handling Of Eating Disorders

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