7 Ways to Help Your Teen Build a Healthy Body Image ...

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Most parents have to help their kids through various perceived crises and in terms of health, and well being, you’ll certainly want to be able to help your teen build a healthy body image.

Mass media and the onslaught of celeb mania means our teens are growing up in a world where they have been socialised to believe looks are everything.2

And while taking care of yourself is a good thing to instil in teens, there is a fine line between being body image conscious and obsession.

Here are 7 ways to help your teen build a healthy body image:

1. Eat Together as a Family

Yes okay, long gone are the days of the traditional family, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat together.

Eating together every evening at the same time will help your teen build a healthy body image.

Families who talk together after a busy day instead of chowing down in front of the TV while their brains switch off between grinds of their cheeseburger are not giving their kids the space to connect with them every day.2

Switch the TV off when you eat.

2. Communicate

Talk to your kids all the time about everything;

ask their opinion on fashion, what they think about fad diets and other topics that they read about and see in the media.2

Help your teen build a healthy body image by communicating with them constantly.

Keep in touch with them and create an environment that is not judgemental or full of criticism and when your teen has an issue, they will be more open to approaching you.

3. Monkey See Monkey do

Make sure you have a healthy body image yourself.

If you are complaining about your weight and body issues and always on a diet, always trying to lose weight and be ‘’skinny’’, your teen is going to learn from what they see.

Make sure you strive for a healthy body, do sport and lead a balanced life and your teen will follow suit.

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