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Girl Talk Tuesdays: Body Image

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Talking about body image with your daughter can help her become comfortable in her own skin. When you discuss body image, you might:

  • Explain the effects of puberty. Make sure your daughter understands that weight gain is a normal part of her development, especially during puberty.
  • Talk about media messages. Television programs, movies, music videos, websites, magazines and even some toys might send the message that only a certain body type is acceptable and that maintaining an attractive appearance is the most important goal. Check out what your daughter is reading or watching and discuss it. Encourage her to question what she sees and hears.
  • Monitor Internet use. Teens use social networking sites and services to share pictures and receive feedback. Awareness of others' judgments can make teens feel self-conscious about their looks. Set rules for your teen's Internet use and talk about what she's posting and viewing.
  • Discuss self-image. Offer reassurance that healthy body shapes vary. Ask her what she likes about herself and explain what you like about her, too. Your acceptance and respect can help her build self-esteem and resilience.
  • Use positive language. Rather than talking about "fat" and "thin," encourage your daughter to focus on eating a healthy diet and staying physically active. Discourage family and friends from using hurtful nicknames and joking about people who are overweight.

     

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