Health Tip: Help Kids Feel Better About Themselves09/02/13
(HealthDay News) -- Kids who have a negative body image feel
more self-conscious and isolated, and are more likely to end up
overweight or with an eating disorder.
On the other hand, kids with a positive body image are more
likely to succeed, and they don't dwell on weight gain or their
The American Dietetic Association suggests how to help parents
promote a healthy body image among children:
- Speak positively about your body -- to avoid teaching a child
to be unhappy with his or her own appearance.
- Focus primarily on your child's health, not weight alone.
Stress the importance of eating nutritious foods.
- Get children involved in physical activities that they
- Check with your child's school to make sure it addresses
- Help your child understand that no one has a perfect body,
despite images seen on TV and in the movies.
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