How dads can help foster healthy body image in adolescents

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Adolescence is a time when children undergo numerous physical changes, leading to feelings of vulnerability and insecurity about their bodies. Dads play an important role in supporting their children’s positive body image and self-esteem. It’s essential to be aware that seemingly light-hearted comments about body shape or size can be hurtful and create anxiety for your child – be sure to choose your words carefully.

Be wary of the impact of social media and influencers who can negatively impact your child’s body image.

Here are some top tips for supporting your child’s positive body image:

  • Focus on all the qualities that make up your child, not just their appearance. Talk about their personality, skills, and outlook on life.
  • Teach realistic expectations by discuss images of celebrities or influencers together and determine whether they are healthy or realistic to compare oneself to.
  • Be supportive as they explore new looks and styles. This is a natural way for them to explore their identity and self-image.
  • Keep the focus on being healthy by emphasising a healthy lifestyle, eating, exercise, and having fun.

As a dad and parent, it’s crucial to support your child’s personal growth, confidence and positive wellbeing. Social media and unrealistic expectations can lead to low self-esteem and body image problems. Encourage a healthy lifestyle and emphasise all of your child’s unique qualities, not just their appearance.

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