Today’s teens are constantly being bombarded with images of ‘the perfect body’. Magazines, TV shows, films and celebrities all send out messages of what the ideal body size is, what the perfect hair colour and style is and what clothes are fashionable.
 
Teens are the most susceptible to these media messages as their bodies are growing and changing and they feel self-counsious and aware of every spot and every extra pound. Teenagers, by their very nature want to fit in and be accepted by their peers so it is normal that they want to look like everybody else. They don’t want to be considered too fat, too tall, too thin or too short.
 
It’s important that parents help their children develop a positive self image and a healthy attitude towards their body, regardless of their size or shape.
 
Parents should also know that boys and girls are affected, although boys may not be as verbal about it. Boys who are overweight can experience social isolation and bullying in primary and secondary school. Boys can also suffer from eating disorders though any such issues are often overlooked.
 
If you think that your teen could be suffering from low self-esteem or having issues with their body-image, there are things you can do to help resolve the issues. Also, if you should notice any dramatic changes in your teenager’s weight or eating habits, then you should make an appointment with their GP.
 
 

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