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Teen Kids News (Episode 1346)

21 minutes

Hey, everyone, it's Gabrielle Douglas here, two-time Olympic gold medalist. You're watching Teen Kids News.

Welcome to Teen Kids News. I'm Veronique. Here's this week's top story.

Eating disorders are unfortunately all too common among American teens. You might be surprised to find out what experts believe contributes to the problem. Katie tells us more.

(Katie) Fashion is big business. It depends heavily on models to show off items like clothes, hair, and makeup. Invariably, these models are tall, good-looking, and thin. That might be sending the wrong message when it comes to eating. Listen to what a survey of girls discovered. When asked what influenced their idea of how the perfect body should look, 47% said they were influenced by pictures of models. Here's one more thing to think about. You know those kinds of perfect bodies on runways and in advertising? According to experts, only 5% of us naturally look like that. Or, put another way, 95% of us, the overwhelming majority, don't look like the models we see. And that has some teens taking drastic measures that can lead to what medical experts call eating disorders. To talk more about this is Dr. Megan Jones, a psychologist from Stanford University. Welcome, Doctor. Hi. Thanks for having me. So that we're on the same page, what are eating disorders? Eating disorders are conditions that occur when you are not eating in a healthy way. And what I mean by that is where you're trying to overly control your eating by cutting out food groups, not eating enough, or feeling like you're losing control over your eating, and where you feel really guilty and maybe even feel ashamed about how you look and how you're eating. Okay. When you look at models and you see them so thin, isn't it healthier to be thin than chubby? Well, that's not necessarily true. So when you look at models who are on fashion runways, they're not healthy. That kind of thin is actually very, very dangerous. And when you look at people who are overweight, they might actually be much, much healthier physically and emotionally than those models on a runway. You're saying it's actually unhealthy for teens to compare ourselves to fashion models and other types of celebrities like that? It is unhealthy because it's an unfair comparison, and it's unrealistic. That brings up another point. The models we see in magazines, or on the red carpet at awards ceremonies-- are we seeing a true picture of what they really look like, or are they enhanced through technology or other devices? They're changed a lot. The images that we see in media-- like magazines, online, at the Academy Awards-- they're not real. There's a lot of things that happen before someone even gets in front of the camera, in terms of makeup and lighting, maybe even plastic surgery. And then, after the image is taken, tools like Photoshop are used to alter the image to what we see. When we talk about the danger of comparing ourselves to what we see, is that something that is just for girls? Are guys susceptible? Guys are definitely susceptible as well. And, unfortunately, we're less likely to notice when guys are affected, because boys are less likely to come forward and say that they're concerned about their body image, or they're less likely to be noticed when they're eating in a way that is too strict. So the images in media that boys see affects them just as much as it affects girls. Interesting. Thank you very much, Dr. Jones. Thank you. Clearly, the message here is: Eating a proper and healthy diet never goes out of fashion. For Teen Kids News, I'm Katie. This message is brought to you by the National Road Safety Foundation. They want you to keep your hands on the wheel. It was pretty much a regular day at Wheeling Park High School in West Virginia when... A girl walked in. She said we won nationals. I was like, "Is this true?" She said, "Yes." That's how Wheeling's SADD chapter found out they were the winners of this year's DrivingSkills 101 Contest, sponsored by the National Road Safety Foundation. We were ecstatic, you know.

(Nicole) Wheeling's road to success began when they attended last year's National SADD Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. I saw that on their teenlane.org. It was information about how teens like us can bring awareness to teen driver safety. There's cool prizes too. You can get your PSA shown at the SADD National Conference and put on Teen Kids News? I think they're about to show it right now.

[audience cheering]

They were like, "There's this contest. We want to enter it. We were so excited about it." So they put together a storyboard, and then we submitted it, and we won. We were pretty excited. Everybody was thrilled about it. When we got the e-mail, everybody was jumping around. It was exciting. Nicely done, Sean.

(Nicole) As part of the prize for first place, the students got to work with a TV crew to shoot their PSA. The thing now is the low shot. We did a PSA about informing people on driving and how tailgating is a form of bullying.

(Nicole) After introducing the crew, the producer showed the SADD members and some volunteer students the storyboards. Why don't we walk through the ideas that the SADD chapter submitted for the DrivingSkills 101 tailgating PSA so we're all on the same page about what we're doing? So we're going to be starting out with a montage of shots in the hallway. These will be typical shots of what goes on in a high school hallway. We're going to assign each of you something to do. You're going to do that over and over each time we shoot from a different angle. Let's go do it! Get ready. And action!

(boy) Hey, what's up, loser? Get out of my way, nerd. I was the one getting bullied. Hey, what's up, loser? I got to pick on Jeff. Not really pick on him, but pretend. Get out. I'm not really a bully. Out of my way, nerd. Get out of my way, nerd. Out of the way-- No, "Get out of my way, nerd."

(Nicole) We're in Wheeling, West Virginia. These members of the local SADD chapter are learning to shoot a public service announcement. The point was to teach kids bullying's not okay. You can bully on the road when you follow too close. Tailgating's a serious problem that people face. It can cause accidents and harm your safety and your life. You ready? We're going to start. Shane and Jeff, your car's going to be down there.

(Nicole) While some students were cast as the actors... I was the bully. I was getting bullied. ...other students were assigned various jobs, from prepping the cars... Good. ...to assisting the director. Rolling. You got time code? Rolling. 01:15:46. And action. I was taking the times, the time coding. I had to pay attention to every scene before it started. And everybody ready? 01:14:47. The time code would be yelled, and I had to write it down. I had to pay attention a lot. I was behind the camera, paying attention to everything. It's a busy job. It's fun.

(Weiss) Go, Bri. Stop!

(Nicole) Don't worry. There's only a doll in the carriage. Go, Brianna. Action.

(Nicole) There was still one more part-- recording the narration for the PSA. Two students volunteered to do that. I did the voiceover. It was really fun. You always think you just talk, but you had to go over and over. How you say "and," how loud you say a word make a difference.

That was interesting. [chuckles]

Five, four, three, two. "Bullies. They're in school, and they're on the road, especially when they tailgate." You're still too nice. Oh, my God. They learn that the making of a PSA is more work than they maybe thought. I've heard a lot of positive things. They were like, "This is so much fun." I learned that it takes more people than one camera guy and director. I learned it takes more shots of the same scene to get it right. A lot of little things have to be corrected.

(boy) It was a great first experience. I hope to have more experiences like this.

[quiet chatter]

Action! Whoa! Whoa! Come on, man. Your look of "come on" is great. David, get out of the shot. With the shooting completed, the next step is to edit the shots into a one-minute PSA, and then... We go to SADD Nationals and see the PSA. You'll get to see it as well next week on Teen Kids News. I'm Nicole reporting.

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How was your drive? Interesting.

We'll meet kids who help turn something you throw out into a real masterpiece. It's been said that one person's trash is another person's art. Some elementary students are proving that's certainly true, but with a twist. Daniella has the story.

(Daniella) From a distance, it looks like this museum in Newark, New Jersey has one of the world's greatest paintings on display, "Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh. When Vincent van Gogh died, he...became famous for his paintings. But when he was alive, nobody liked his paintings. He uses bright colors in all his paintings, except for one of them. When he was really mad, he used dark colors.

(Daniella) Yes, all true, but what's not true is that van Gogh painted this picture. It's actually a copy of his "Starry Night" made up of recycled bottle caps. Some of these are from coffee, orange juice, and lots of things we had trouble getting-- the yellow ones the most. The blue ones are from water, like when you drink water. We had, like, trouble with these ones too.

(Daniella) First grade teacher, Andrea Arguello, wanted the students to learn about two subjects that don't usually go together-- art and recycling. And these color ones, some of these are from the cafeteria, bottles. And these-- And then the green ones are mainly from the sodas, Sprite.

(Daniella) The book, Bottlecap Little Bottlecap, gave the teacher the idea to create the mural. The brown ones are from chocolate milk. These big ones, the big yellow ones, are from coffee. The white ones are from water. You can see the transparent ones. The orange ones are, like, from orange juice. And...that's pretty much it. So it took about 300 students. Um, it was October through March we collected... ...bottle caps for the "Starry Night" mural. And it took one month to make the mural.

(Daniella) The picture needed about 7,000 bottle caps, so the kids began collecting. Teachers, students, um, some people from Maria's Deli, a lot of people helped.

(girl) We put a sign that said, "Please help us to collect bottle caps for the 'Starry Night' mural." This is incredible. I never imagined such a tremendous impact.

(Daniella) It sure was tremendous. With the help of the community, they collected not 7,000, but more than 50,000 caps. Ms. Arguello first painted it, and then she screwed in the bottle caps on three large pieces of wood.

(Daniella) Sounds easy, but even with volunteers helping, it was a lot of work. The mural was too big to display in their school. I wrote an e-mail to the museum, and called them, and they called back. They said, "We would love to display it." We were so happy they gave us that chance.

(Daniella) Newark Museum's Ted Lind said the decision to display the mural was an easy one. We've already had people come up and want to buy the mural. That says a lot about the quality of it, the craftsmanship, the hours of labor put into that.

(Daniella) The museum is encouraging the school to take on a new project-- to create a bottle cap mural to complement work done by another important artist.

(Lind) Joseph Stella. We have a major piece he created in the 1920s called "Voice of the City Interpreted." It's a wonderful representation of New York City in the Roaring Twenties when everything was exciting and dynamic. It's very colorful. We're hoping to connect that artwork with the children at the school, and they'll create another major piece.

(Danielle) The other goal was to get the community to become more aware of the importance of recycling. The message that people could get is... not only trash is trash. You can use trash to recycle and make brand-new things out of it. The thing that I really enjoyed the most was that children were teaching their parents about recycling. Many parents were not recycling at home. Because of this, they are recycling now. There's a famous saying-- that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Vincent van Gogh would be pleased to know that a painting he did more than a hundred years ago still has the CAPacity to CAPture attention today.

For Teen Kids News, I'm Daniella.

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Perfect. You might need more than 30 seconds, depending on the microwave. Just throw it back in. Give it a stir so it's melted. You're going to add a half cup of honey right in there. Perfect. Okay. Give that a nice mix. You want it to be really incorporated so you can mix it with all the other ingredients. Perfect. Okay. Now you're going to add one and a half cups of oats... some chopped cashews, half a cup... two-thirds of a cup of almonds, chopped up as well. I used dried Craisins, but you can use raisins, dried cherries, any kind of dried fruit. That's about a third of a cup. You're going to give that a mix so it's fully incorporated, just like that. Once your peanut butter mixture is cooled, add the chocolate chips. Don't add it right away 'cause they'll melt. Perfect. And then a half cup of mini chocolate chips. Perfect. Okay, once that's fully incorporated, you're going to take an eight-by-eight pan and line it with parchment paper. Okay. And you scoop it right into the pan. You don't have to bake them in the oven. They're done in about an hour when they're cooled, so you can eat them soon. I'm just going to press it down just like that. This batch has been sitting for one hour in the refrigerator. When you line the parchment, give extra parchment on top so you can pull them out of the pan easier. Now we're going to cut them up. These look really good. Okay. Great. And the last one. If you're on the go, these granola bars are perfect to take along. Let's have a bite. Mmm. They're so good and so peanut buttery. At The Culinary Institute of America, for Teen Kids News, I'm Nicole. That looks really good. We'll see you again next week with another edition of Teen Kids News.

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This episode's top news story takes a look at how the fashion industry can influence self-esteem. Dr. Megan Jones, a psychologist from Stanford University, provides advice for developing a healthy self-image. A segment also focuses on driver safety and shows the negative consequences of tailgating. Other segments include turning trash into treasure, Team USA Soccer Camps, and a recipe for peanut butter and chocolate oatmeal. Part of the "Teen Kids News" series.

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