Parenting - Teens | 13-18 yrs

Building A Healthy Body Image

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Hollywood actress Kate Winslet, when she was young, was often ridiculed for being hefty and curvy. While many thought this will prevent her from getting any parts, she went on to become one of the biggest names in world cinema. She once said, “No woman has ever said, ‘I love my body.’ So I make sure to say it to Mia because a positive physical outlook has to start at an early age,” referring to her 11-year-old daughter. This “positive physical outlook” is what a healthy body image is all about. And as Kate Winslet points out, the earlier your child develops it, the healthier he can be – both physically and mentally.

The are many ways to encourage a positive body image in your child. according to an article in youngwomenshealth.org, you can help him build a healthy body image and self-esteem by advising him to:

• Focusing on unique qualities

• Focusing on education

• Participating in a variety of sports or activities

• Taking up a new hobby or learning to play an instrument

• Setting and reaching new goals

A healthy body image and high self-esteem would also lead to your child being more resilient to eating disorders. Moreover, your high self-esteemed child will be emotionally stronger and more confident, and thus mentally healthier. So seek inspiration from a parent like Kate Winslet and try to inculcate a positive body image in your child. Read through the articles in this ClipBook to learn how.

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