Unfortunately, body image plagues many of our teens. Not only young women, but also young men. And it continues into adulthood, sometimes impacting or ruining our lives. Whether a person is striving for a muscled appearance or losing more weight than nutritionally suggested, it’s a prevalent, and difficult path that can lead to a grave illness, or even death..During Teen Health month, we’d like to present some basic ideas for anyone who is dealing with this issue and for their families. We wish everyone a long and quality life, free from the pressures and imposed images that social media and other forms of cultural bias present us. A strong, nourished body is what’s important. We thank Ana Bottoms for her suggestions. Health is our first and most important liberty. Jill Diamond WBC Cares, Global Chair
5 Warning Signs of Poor Body Image
- Being preoccupied with your body’s weight, shape, or appearance.
- Having feelings of shame, anxiety and self-consciousness about your body.
- Frequently comparing your body to others’ and feeling that your body is flawed in comparison.
- Struggling with feelings of depression, isolation, or low self-esteem.
- Using unhealthy behaviors to change your weight or shape like dieting, skipping meals, fasting or taking laxatives.
5 Ways to Help Someone Struggling with Poor Body Image
- Compliment them on something unrelated to their body.
- Talk about what is going on in their life.
- Challenge negative thoughts by asking them ‘why’.
- Practice self care together.
- Listen non-judgmentally