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When Kids Struggle With Body Image

August 15, 2023

By now, we are all aware of the negative effects that social media can have on children, and on their body image. The unrealistic images they compare themselves to online can contribute to mental health issues such as eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder. But there are many ways you can help bolster your kids’ self-confidence and encourage them to feel comfortable in their own skin.

That’s why this week at childmind.org, we’re exploring how social media affects teenagers. We also provide tips on how to help your daughter maintain a healthy body image, and what you need to know about body dysmorphic disorder. Additionally, we discuss signs that your child may be developing an eating disorder, and why the symptoms might look different in boys.

– Faith Wilkins, Staff Writer | 

Related Resources

How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers

Experts say kids are growing up with more anxiety and less self-esteem.


How to Help Your Daughter Have a Healthy Body Image

It’s not easy, given the pressure to be super-thin and sexy, too.


What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

How to help kids who feel they have disfiguring flaws.


What Is an Eating Disorder and When to Worry

Signs that your teen might be on an unhealthy path.


Boys and Eating Disorders

They don't fit the stereotype and are often overlooked.


12 Tips for Raising Confident Kids

How to build self-worth in children and help them feel they can handle what comes their way.


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