Images of seemingly perfect bodies are everywhere, and children are not immune to their power of perception. Body image is how we feel about our bodies. Children can develop a positive or negative body image, and it’s up to parents to ensure theirs is the former.
Children with a negative body image may become introverted, self-conscious, and overweight or develop an eating disorder. Children with a positive body image have confidence, are healthy, and don’t obsess with food.
Promoting a positive body image will help your child realize what is real and what is healthy, and it all starts with you. The American Academy of Dietetics recommends five ways you can promote a positive body image in kids.