Body image can be an issue for many of us, but especially children and teenagers. As they go through physical changes, they can become conscious of what their body is doing and what they look like.
You can help your child or teen to love themselves and their body.
Try not to use the word “weight” with your child. Talk about self-care, feeling healthy and foods and exercise that give you energy. If you do need to talk about weight, make sure your child knows it’s only one measure of health.
Talk about how there are many different body shapes and sizes and that’s OK. Be positive about people of all shapes and sizes in real life and in the media or on TV.
Show your child what makes them special. Give them the confidence to be OK with anything that they think makes them different.
Think about how you talk about your own body. Try not to talk about dieting in front of your child. Show self-love. How you treat yourself affects how your child treat themselves now and in the future. You can also:
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