Youth Body Image
It’s hard to believe, but studies show that children as young as 5 are experiencing anxiety and unhappiness with their physical appearance. Following mom’s lead, many kids express a desire to be thinner. By age 7, one in four children has attempted dieting behavior. Since kids primarily learn about body image from their parents, we need to watch what we say about ourselves and others. We must put more emphasis on exercise and healthy eating than on weight. And we should remember to focus on people’s inward qualities rather than on their outward appearance.