Wellness - Adolescence | 13-18 yrs

Building Positive Body Image In Teens

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“Body image refers to a person's emotional attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of their own body..Every single one of us has a body image. We cannot avoid having feelings about how we look; it is part of human nature. We are influenced by how we imagine others might see us. People's overall body image can range from extremely negative to very positive,” says an article on body image in medicalnewstoday.com.

While there are fashion magazine covers showing perfect bodies of models and actors, and advertisements telling us to lose weight and have clear glowing skin, negative body image is becoming extremely common among teenagers. They are not comfortable with their own bodies, and constantly seek to better it. Some even resort to extreme dieting and working out, and even pain, in their search of, what they have been told by the media and society as, the “perfect body”.

If your teen is acting the same way, then you need to take actions to turn this negative body image to positive. An article in parentguide.ca lists the following ways to build a positive body image:

• Place less emphasis on appearance and more on their abilities and skills.

• Be a role model by accepting your body and maintaining a positive attitude towards food and exercise.

• Be mindful of the comments you make about your or other people’s bodies.

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