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Body Image and Eating

Body image is the way your child feels about his or her body. In a culture that links our value to what we look like and normalizes images that don’t represent most people, it’s not surprising that many adults express dissatisfaction with their bodies. Research indicates that even preschoolers have increasingly negative body images and eating disorders are a serious risk factor for our children as they get older. Luckily, we as parents can have a major influence on helping our children develop a healthy body, a healthy emotional life, a healthy attitude toward food and exercise, AND a healthy body image.


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Children, Body Image, and Eating

As parents, we have influence on our kids’ development of a healthy body image, including a healthy emotional life and a healthy attitude toward food and exercise.

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15 Ways to Keep Your Child from Developing an Eating Disorder

What can you do to prevent your child from developing an eating disorder? Help your child develop a healthy body AND a healthy body image.

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Preteen Girls: Weight and Healthy Body Image

Every parent of a preteen girl should read these 11 great suggestions for ensuring they develop healthy habits for staying fit without harming their self-esteem.

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Put pudgy 10 year old on diet?

Diets are almost always a bad idea because they have been proven NOT to work. Instead, aim for healthy eating and good old fashioned physical exercise.

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How to help children become healthy eaters -- especially vegetables?

Research has shown that the most important factor in getting kids to eat new foods is exposing them to the food.

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Toddler has become Picky Eater: Getting him to eat healthy food?

The best practice for parents is that you decide WHAT foods to offer, the child decides HOW MUCH of them to eat. And you'll need some rules around sweets!

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Feeding Your Toddler

Even more important than what your toddler puts in his mouth is his basic relationship with food. You want him to be in charge of his own eating.

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Help Your Toddler Develop Healthy Food Habits

Try offering kids a bunch of small portions to choose from. Make sure all the foods are healthy and then let the child choose how much of each to eat.

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