Ideas for parents on how to talk to teenage children about body image issues
Is there a teenager who’s ever lived who hasn’t worried about how they looked? Adolescent hormones programme teens to be aware of their body image – ultimately, it’s all about netting a mate, as it has been since the dawn of time.
But these days there are extra pressures on our kids, not least of all the the media images that show celebrities and models who are a size 6 at every turn. Looking good, when you’re 16, has never been so pressurised.
The trick for us as parents is to turn an OK concern about appearance into a spur for healthy eating and sensible exercise, rather than a recipe for insecurity about weight and shape, and an unhealthy interest in dieting and calorie restriction.