Health Tip: Help Kids Feel Better About Themselves
(HealthDay News) -- Kids who have a negative body image feel more self-conscious and isolated, and are more likely to end up overweight or with an eating disorder.
On the other hand, kids with a positive body image are more likely to succeed, and they don't dwell on weight gain or their looks.
The American Dietetic Association suggests how to help parents promote a healthy body image among children:
Speak positively about your body -- to avoid teaching a child to be unhappy with his or her own appearance.
Focus primarily on your child's health, not weight alone. Stress the importance of eating nutritious foods.
Get children involved in physical activities that they enjoy.
Check with your child's school to make sure it addresses bullying.
Help your child understand that no one has a perfect body, despite images seen on TV and in the movies.