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How can body image issues affect teens?

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As the bodies of teenage girls and boys grow and change, they can feel self-conscious and hyper-aware of every blemish and extra pound. At the same time, they’re constantly exposed to “flawless” images of celebrities and others through all forms of media. That may lead to depression, eating disorders, and other problems. The good news is that parents may have more influence than they may think.

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Pesa, J. Journal of Adolescent Health, May 2000.

Dyl, J. , Summer 2006. Child Psychiatry and Human Development

Cohane, P. , May 2001. International Journal of Eating Disorders

Harvey, J. ; vol 10(4): pp 297-306. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

KidsHealth: "Encouraging a Health Body Image," "A Guy's Guide to Body Image."

Women's Sports Foundation: "Her Life Depends On It II."

National Association of Social Workers: "Adolescent Girls and Body Image."

Commonsense Media: "Boys and Body Image Tips."

David Ermer, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD.

Emily Ets-Hokin, PhD, associate assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Buffalo School of Medicine, N.Y.

Robert Pretlow, MD, author, ; director, weigh2rock. Overweight: What Kids Say

Canadian Women's Health Network: "Beauty and Body Image in the Media."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff, MD on February 28, 2014

David Ermer, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Emily Ets-Hokin, PhD, associate assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Buffalo School of Medicine, N.Y.  

Robert Pretlow, MD, author, ; director, weigh2rock. Overweight: What Kids Say

Canadian Women's Health Network: "Beauty and Body Image in the Media."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Pesa, J. Journal of Adolescent Health, May 2000.

Dyl, J. , Summer 2006. Child Psychiatry and Human Development

Cohane, P. , May 2001. International Journal of Eating Disorders

Harvey, J. ; vol 10(4): pp 297-306. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

KidsHealth: "Encouraging a Health Body Image," "A Guy's Guide to Body Image."

Women's Sports Foundation: "Her Life Depends On It II."

National Association of Social Workers: "Adolescent Girls and Body Image."

Commonsense Media: "Boys and Body Image Tips."

David Ermer, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD.

Emily Ets-Hokin, PhD, associate assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Buffalo School of Medicine, N.Y.

Robert Pretlow, MD, author, ; director, weigh2rock. Overweight: What Kids Say

Canadian Women's Health Network: "Beauty and Body Image in the Media."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff, MD on February 28, 2014

David Ermer, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Emily Ets-Hokin, PhD, associate assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Buffalo School of Medicine, N.Y.  

Robert Pretlow, MD, author, ; director, weigh2rock. Overweight: What Kids Say

Canadian Women's Health Network: "Beauty and Body Image in the Media."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

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