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Health Tip: Help Your Child Create a Healthy Body Image

Health Tip: Help Your Child Create a Healthy Body Image

11/15/11

(HealthDay News) -- A healthy body image can help a child grow into a healthy, confident adult. And parents play a big role in fostering their child's self-esteem.

The womenshealth.gov website offers these suggestions for boosting your child's self-image:

  • Discuss with your child the fact that weight gain, especially during puberty, can be a normal and healthy part of development.
  • Don't speak negatively about weight, food, body shape and size.
  • Encourage your child to make personal decisions about food, but offer a variety of healthy options.
  • Praise and compliment your child for things he or she has accomplished.
  • Limit your child's television time, and when it is on, watch together to encourage discussion about images in the media.
  • Be active in your child's school, promoting policies that protect against discrimination, bullying and a healthy approach toward weight.
  • Communicate openly with your child.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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