Most of the significant messages and ideas that children and young people develop about their bodies, body image and eating are from the adults in the families they grow up in, and not solely from the media.
As early as the first grade, children are reporting concerns and preoccupation with weight and body shape and begin to restrict food.
If your daughter's concerns about her weight or her body start to interfere with her regular habits of eating and being active, talk to your doctor.
If you want to help improve your daughter's outlook, start with your own. Avoid criticizing how you look or how others look. Treat yourself well by eating right, exercising, and taking it easy on yourself.
Kids as young as 5 years old are struggling with body image, and parents feel powerless. But it does not have to be this way. This article provides some tips on how to encourage healthy body image in children of all ages.
Mothers can follow these steps to instill a positive body image in their children (especially young girls) and help prevent eating disorders.