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How do I teach my teen about media to help build a healthy body image?

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Help your daughter or son learn to be skeptical about what they see in magazines, on screen, and on the web. Make sure your teen understands the airbrushing, photo edits, stylists, personal trainers, cosmetic surgery, and other tricks that fuel the beauty industry and celebrity culture.

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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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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