SOURCE: Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

April 21, 2015 13:38 ET

Film Exploring the Sexualization of Youth and Women to Be Screened in Arlington

"America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth" Questions Our Culture's Highly Sexualized Media Involving Children and Women; Screening to Be Held May 13 at the Arlington Cinema; Kirsten Haglund, Former Miss America to Emcee

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - April 21, 2015) - Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is hosting a free one-night-only screening of the compelling new documentary by filmmaker Darryl Roberts titled, "America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of our Youth," 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Arlington Cinema, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.

Roberts is an award-winning director who created the noteworthy documentary "America the Beautiful" in 2008 that focuses on our country's obsession with beauty and perfection, and the sequel "America the Beautiful 2" which examines society's fixation on thinness and weight.

His new film sharply questions the highly sexualized media we consume and how it affects our youth and body image. Statistics shared in the film state that 95 percent of those with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25; women are much more likely than men to develop an eating disorder; and approximately 91 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal shape.

Other segments in the film focus on child beauty pageants, teen pregnancy and rape culture, particularly on college campuses. Roberts' website points to survey results in which more than one in four college-aged women had been the victim of rape or attempted rape.

"With my documentary, I hope to foster more honest conversation about the sexualization of our youth, particularly between parents and their children," said Roberts. "Adults need to highlight for the young women and men in their community that looks aren't the center of their worth as a human being. We need to teach girls and boys to question the media they consume. As adults, we also need to question what kind of media we support and the examples we are putting out into the world."

"America the Beautiful 3" imparts how women grow up believing they only have two choices: to be desirable or invisible. Meanwhile, boys are raised in a porn culture that makes it difficult for them to conceptualize healthy relationships with women.

The event, free and open to the public, will offer complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments as well as a panel discussion of experts post screening. Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, national eating disorders awareness advocate and community relations specialist for Timberline Knolls, will emcee the event.

The panel will include: Darryl Roberts; Margaret Nagib, PsyD, a clinical psychologist with Timberline Knolls; and Khara Randall, LPC, therapist at Family Counseling of Springfield and vice president of Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC).

Registration is required to attend the event. Those interested can register at the following:

About Timberline Knolls:

Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 - 65+) with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook -- Timberline Knolls, and Twitter -- Timberline Knolls.

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