Whether it’s because we’ve gained a few pounds, found some gray hairs, or discovered a couple of wrinkles, as grown women, we all struggle with our body image at times. With media images depicting a few uncommon body types as the ideal, aesthetic plastic surgery on the rise, and bullying at an all-time high, now more than ever, teen girls need help developing healthy body images. One result of negative body image is low self-esteem which can do serious damage over the years. Combatting low self-esteem early will help create a solid foundation for a healthy lifestyle- both emotionally and physically. Do you have a teen girl in your life? Maybe she’s a daughter, sister, niece, or family friend. How can you help her develop a positive self-image? Start by taking some time to read this article by the Mayo Clinic:
Healthy body image: Tips for guiding girls
A healthy body image is an important part of a growing girl’s self-esteem. Understand what you can do to help your daughter feel comfortable with her body.
Girls often face significant pressure to be physically attractive. The quest for a perfect body can take a heavy toll, though. Find out what you can do to help your daughter develop and maintain a healthy body image.
Causes of a negative body image
Maintaining a healthy body image during adolescence is often difficult for girls. Factors that might harm a girl’s body image include:
- Natural weight gain and other changes caused by puberty
- Peer pressure to look a certain way
- Media images that promote the ideal female body as thin
- Having a mother who’s overly concerned about her own weight or her daughter’s weight or appearance
Consequences of a negative body image
If your daughter doesn’t live up to her ideal body image, she might begin to feel inadequate and ashamed of her body “” even if she’s not overweight. This can increase the risk of mental health concerns, including:
- Low self-esteem