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.
Professional help is always available
Samaritans 116 123
NHS Emergency Services 999
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 0300 500 6184
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 01455 883300
Mind 0300 123 3393
Young Minds 0808 802 5544