Adult event
Why Can't I Look Like That? - The Myth of Beauty: Fatima Sharafeddine & Liliane Zaher

Why Can't I Look Like That? - The Myth of Beauty: Fatima Sharafeddine & Liliane Zaher

Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 17:30-18:30

Venue: Al Riwaq III, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City

Language: Arabic

Session No: 89 

When we look into a mirror, is what we see the reflection of how others perceive us? With the overwhelming battering of beauty standards, diet culture and skin-care trends, it can get quite difficult to pinpoint where our own choices end and society-imposed habits begin. It affects our relationship with food, ourselves and our self-esteem.

Join Fatima Sharafeddine, whose book Mila’s Pear explores the impact of eating disorders, and dietitian Liliane Zaher to discuss the societal fixation with diet culture and beauty standards, and the food disorders and bullying that follow them. They will attempt to unpack the toxic approaches to our self-image and health that have long been tolerated, while also offering safe and healthy ways to deal with our bodies.

Fatima Sharafeddine is a writer, translator and editor specialized in children's and young adult literature, working with several publishing houses in Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Belgium; She has published more than 140 books to date, many of which have been translated into different languages, including English, German, Korean, Russian and Hindi. She has won numerous awards and titles at the Arab and international levels.

Liliane Zaher specializes in providing nutritional advice for treatment, weight loss, sports, nutrition, and diets for pregnant and lactating. Zaher is keen to provide nutritional counseling for children using unique advanced technology to test and obtain adequate information about the type of foods that each person tolerates.

This session is moderated by Nada Al Shaibani

As you plan your day at the Festival, please take into consideration that it takes between 30-60 mins to commute between the Intercontinental, Festival City and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.​
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