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Body Image & Children
Signs Your Child Has a Negative Body Image
Knowing the warning signs of an unhealthy body image in children can help parents identify problems early. What to watch for:
Signals that a girl views herself only in terms of her physical appearance.
The language your daughter uses to describe herself and her physical development and attractiveness.
Excessive dieting
Frequent comments about the weight of other girls
Worries about sexual attractiveness
Depression and low self-esteem
Parents can help boost a poor body image by:
Helping children understand that their bodies will change and grow
Helping children understand that there is not one “ideal” body shape
Watching what they say about their own bodies and the comments they make about other people’s bodies
Avoiding stereotypes, prejudices, and words like ugly and fat
Helping children focus on their abilities and personalities rather than their physical appearance
Promoting physical activity and exercise. Girls who play sports tend to have higher levels of self-esteem and healthier body images. “Be fit, not necessarily thin, and you will be healthy for life,” is an excellent motto.
Discouraging children from weighing themselves too often
via WebMD
8th May 201209:58855 notes

fitvillains:

Body Image & Children

Signs Your Child Has a Negative Body Image

Knowing the warning signs of an unhealthy body image in children can help parents identify problems early. What to watch for:

  • Signals that a girl views herself only in terms of her physical appearance.
  • The language your daughter uses to describe herself and her physical development and attractiveness.
  • Excessive dieting
  • Frequent comments about the weight of other girls
  • Worries about sexual attractiveness
  • Depression and low self-esteem

Parents can help boost a poor body image by:

  • Helping children understand that their bodies will change and grow
  • Helping children understand that there is not one “ideal” body shape
  • Watching what they say about their own bodies and the comments they make about other people’s bodies
  • Avoiding stereotypes, prejudices, and words like ugly and fat
  • Helping children focus on their abilities and personalities rather than their physical appearance
  • Promoting physical activity and exercise. Girls who play sports tend to have higher levels of self-esteem and healthier body images. “Be fit, not necessarily thin, and you will be healthy for life,” is an excellent motto.
  • Discouraging children from weighing themselves too often

via WebMD

(via becomingathena)



 
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