Post: Mental Health Awareness: Children Special

Your body image can affect how your children see themselves

Think of the language you’re using, so rather than saying the word dieting, you might say eating healthy foods.

Help yourself and your children by cooking healthy meals, ordering healthy meals when eating out, and doing more physical activity. Help them develop healthy eating habits and exercise routines.

Ensure that your children know that it is natural to gain weight as they grow, especially during puberty.

Don’t make negative remarks about yours, your children’s or others’ weight, size, or fitness levels.

Ensure that nutritious food and snacks are available in your kitchen cupboards.

Pay attention to your children’s achievements, strengths, and positive values, rather than their bodies or looks.

Restrict screen time.

Discuss perfect images displayed through the media and unrealistic bodies.

Discuss peer pressure.

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