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Children of all ages are exposed to ideas about thinness by parents, peers, and other sources. Starting in grade school, children may become more aware of body image as they compare themselves to others. Adolescents often become extremely concerned about their
bodies and their weight. This is understandable since dramatic physical
changes are occurring. Unrealistic media
images of the ideal body also add to their concerns.
There are many ways
adults can help children and teens develop a healthy view of themselves and
reduce their risk for an eating disorder:
Eating disorders are associated with being unhappy
with the way your body looks and having low self-esteem. For
information on eating disorders, see the topics Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating
Disorder, and Bulimia Nervosa.
For more information on eating habits, see the topics Healthy Eating for Children and Weight Management.
Current as of:
August 27, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & W. Stewart Agras, MD, FRCPC - Psychiatry
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