7. Encourage Awareness

Make sure your kids understand about different body shapes, and encourage them to be aware of discrimination and bullying when it comes to other kids that may be different. Skinny kids are teased just as much as overweight kids are and the more kids that are taught at home that our differences are okay, will limit the amount of damage that name calling does that kids grow up with and take with them for the rest of their lives.

It cannot be stressed enough how important the role of a parent is in helping teens and even pre-teens build a healthy body image. You have to find the balance between what the media feeds them and going so far as to cause body image issues that may result in eating disorders, or a desire to spend every penny on cosmetic surgery. Do you have experience of a teen with body image issues? I’d love to hear how you dealt with it.

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