Am I Normal?
First Broadcast on Tuesday 28th October 2008, 9pm Channel 4
Repeated Wednesday 15th July 2009, 8pm Channel 4
The Embarrassing Bodies doctors are returning to meet some of the teenagers who they last met in the Summer of 2008 to see whether they have overcome their embarrassment.
This weeks episode seeks to answer the burning question on the lips of teenagers and their parents when dealing with puberty – ‘Am I Normal?’
The docs are hitting the beach at Weston-Super-Mare, where a host of hormone-fuelled teenagers are having puberty wreak havoc with their bodies. The docs are setting up their clinic in the heart of the festival, leaving our teens with no place to hide!
But first on Dr Christian’s rounds is a family of four bed-wetting boys, who have put-up with their embarrassing problem for long enough. Now aged between 16 and 22, the brothers are entering adulthood and seeking to put their shame to bed.
Dr Pixie meets 19-year-old mum Carly, whose teenage pregnancy has left her with a bouncing baby boy, but also a badly stretched and saggy stomach. Unable to cope with her extra weight any longer, Dr Pixie refers Carly for a tummy tuck, but the operation is not without risks.
Meanwhile Dr Dawn is far from red faced when discussing periods with Milton Keynes’ Iced Gem cheerleaders, though she has some surprises in store when she asks them to guess the average amount of blood they lose during their monthly menstrual cycle…
The onset of this cycle came as a big shock to 13 year-old Hayley, who began puberty at only 3 years old – a condition called precocious puberty …
Also through the clinic doors is eczema sufferer Claudia, who’s hoping that Dr Dawn can help her get control of the condition that is controlling her life. And she’s not the only one with a troublesome condition. Dr Pixie meets 19-year-old Charlotte, whose dream job as an airline stewardess has been grounded by a bad case of hyperhidrosis that leaves her clothes soaking.
In a packed episode there is still plenty of time for the docs to hand out some advice on infected piercings, as well as to launch their teenage hearing campaign – encouraging teens to wear ear-plugs to avoid damage that could leave them with severe tinnitus in later life.
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The ETB team would like to thank:
London Regents Park Clinic
Royal National Institute of the Deaf
All Ear Plugs
Cosmetic Surgeon – Alex Karidis
Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence
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