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5 ways to help kids avoid body image issues
1. Talk to kids about what 'real beauty' looks like
2. Encourage health for the right reasons
3. Be a role model for your kids
4. Nurture positive reinforcement
5. Educate your kids about eating disorders

It's no secret that kids today are under a lot of pressure to look a certain way. With constant images of "perfect" bodies being flashed in front of them, it's no wonder that so many kids struggle with body image issues.

While it's normal for kids to be concerned about the way they look, there are a few things you can do as a parent to help your kids avoid body image issues. By taking a proactive approach and talking to kids about body image, you can help them develop a healthy relationship with their own bodies.

Parents, friends, and classmates, as well as the media, teach children about body image and help them develop worries about their looks. Parents play an important role in helping children develop a positive body image. 

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As a parent, here are 5 ways to help your kids avoid body image issues:

1. Talk to your kids about what "real" beauty looks like

Introduce your kids to a variety of different people and explain that everyone is beautiful in their own way. Help them understand that there is no such thing as a "perfect" body type and that everyone is unique. It's important for kids to see that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

2. Encourage kids to be active and eat healthy

(because it feels good, not because they want to lose weight)

Encourage kids to be active for the sake of being active. Explain that exercise is a great way to feel good and have fun, not something people do just to lose weight. The same goes for eating healthy foods – focus on the benefits, like improved energy and mood, rather than how they will make kids look.

3. Model a positive body image yourself

By avoiding negative comments about your own or other people's bodies.

As a parent, it's important to set a good example for kids when it comes to body image.

Avoid making negative comments about your own or other people's bodies, as this can send kids the message that being critical of one's appearance is acceptable. Instead, focus on staying positive and expressing gratitude for all that your body can do.

4. Help kids develop a positive self-image by compliments

Ones that focus on their character and accomplishments.

In addition to promoting a healthy body image, it's also important to help kids develop a positive self-image (A study conducted by the Mental Health Organisation in the United Kingdom).

When you give kids compliments, focus on their character and accomplishments rather than their physical appearance. This will help kids feel good about themselves, no matter what they look like on the outside.

5. Talk to kids about the dangers of dieting and eating disorders.

As kids get older, it's important to start talking to them about the dangers of diets and disordered eating. Explain that eating disorders can be very harmful, both physically and psychologically, and encourage kids to seek help if they ever feel worried or unhappy in relation to their body or weight.

By taking a proactive approach and addressing kids' concerns about body image early on, you can help them develop a more positive relationship with their own bodies. With time, kids will grow into confident adults who truly love the way they look.

If you enjoyed this read or are left with any unanswered questions, feel free to drop our friendly team here at Sturdy Kids an email at info@sturdykids.co.uk or call us at 01242 285 999!