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Fighting Negative Body Image Issues in Kids and Teens

September 19, 2022

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Read time:

5-15 mins
Teen Girl Mirror Monster Pink
Presented by Michigan Medicine

In a time when beauty is commercialized, it is difficult to feel comfortable in your own skin, especially for growing kids. The majority of adolescents and teens are self-conscious about their appearance, a new national poll suggests. Nearly two-thirds of parents say their child is insecure about some aspect of their appearance and one in five say their teens avoid scenarios like being in photos because they’re too self-conscious. Susan Woolford, M.D., M.P.H., a child obesity expert and pediatrician at the University of Michigan Health, suggests that children develop opinions about their appearance at a very young age. Woolford discusses being a role model of self-love, embracing body diversity, and healthy activities.

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