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How can I be a good role model for my teen on body image issues?

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Your teen is closely watching your lifestyle, eating habits, and attitudes. Pay attention to the example you are setting, and make changes if you don't like what you see. You can start an exercise program, eat healthier, or turn off the TV and get moving instead.

Remember, your child will also model your attitudes about your body. So if you're constantly criticizing your hip size or thinning hair, they will learn to focus on their flaws instead of their good qualities.

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

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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