Did you know that one of the major issues that teens face today is how they view their bodies? And this is not in the very positive way, too. This has something to do with the influence of media and culture. Teens are likely to develop unhealthy eating habits when they see that their body is not the same way that the bodies of the people they look up to is. If you are not convinced about this body image, just take a look at the teen health boards and see for yourself.
These health boards are created to gather all people that have concerns regarding their health, and there is a dedicated section there on health for teens. All teens share their stories there, and adults are warned to avoid lecturing or spread hate among these teens since their thoughts are very fragile. It is best to listen to them and give advice only wen necessary and when it is more positive for them. Avoid pushing them into a corner.
Here are some tips on how to promote positive body image for the teens.
- Put more emphasis on the teen’s skills and abilities rather than on their appearance.
- Become their role model by acknowledging your own body and at the same time maintain a positive attitude with exercise and food.
- Take the time to spend meals with family and enjoy your time together
- Inspire your teen in thinking critically regarding the images and messages that they hear and see from the media
- Help your teen understand that the body will change, especially when they go through puberty.
- You should promote activities that will make the teen feel good about their bodies and themselves – it should not focus on their appearance.
- Teach the teen that it is okay for them to show emotions such as frustration, anger and sadness
These are just some small ways that can go a long way for your teen when they have finished their teenage years. Once they have grown to love their bodies, they are going to bring this attitude when they reach adulthood.