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How do I set good examples of healthy eating for my teen who has body image issues?

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Aim to keep your whole family healthy by avoiding junk food, eating more at home instead of out, and getting active. Enjoy dinner together every night. After the meal, suggest a family walk. You could also offer to join a gym and go with your teen. It's OK to start out slowly. If you make a healthy lifestyle part of your family culture, your child will build good habits to last a lifetime.

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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