How the hell do we talk to our kids about body image? The messaging they are sent is pervasive. It’s everywhere, from that stupid breast enlargement ad on the subway with the melons (New Yorkers, I know you’ve seen it), to the online games our tweens play, to ads, to magazines, to billboards, to the shows WE watch, they watch, they watch us watching…… It’s a minefield. Our kids are constantly exposed to the celebration of one body type– typically a thin, white, big boobed variety for girls, and a muscular, ripped, white, hyper masculine type for boys.

Kids Start Struggling With Body Image Issues Earlier Than You May Think:

Many Americans may not realize that the media influences kids’ body image concerns from a very young age, according to a new brief that provides an overview of the existing research in the field.

Researchers from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that reviews content targeted at kids, say that dozens of studies reveal very young children are increasingly struggling to develop a healthy relationship with their own bodies.

For instance, when kindergarten-age children are asked to indicate their ideal body size, nearly a third of them choose a size that’s smaller than their own. By age six, kids are aware of what “dieting” means and may have tried it. By age ten, 80 percent of American girls say they’ve been on a diet. By Tara Culp-Ressler

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How To Talk To Your Daughter About Her Body

How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: Don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.

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Boys And Body Image

The pursuit of a perfect body is no longer only a “girl” thing. From padded Halloween superhero costumes that give 5-year-olds six-pack abs to action movie stars with exaggerated physiques, representations of men in the media have become increasingly muscular and unrealistic. Boys are falling prey to the images of ideal bodies splashed across magazine covers; in video games, movies, and music videos; and now on social media. Unlike their female counterparts, however, most boys aren’t out to get skinny. They want to bulk up. - Caroline Knorr

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Are action figures giving boys body-image anxiety?

The subtext of our modern superhero culture is simply: to be good, you must have muscles. It’s Batman, not fat-man.

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15 Tips For Raising Kids With A Positive Body Image

As parents we have a powerful influence in how our kids grow up feeling about their bodies and their relationship to food. Many of them are things we can say (or not say) that have a huge impact.

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Some More Tips From Everyday Feminism:

Why I Want My Sons To See Me Naked

But before all that happens – before they’re exposed to boobs that are as round and firm as cantaloupes and pictures of taut, airbrushed, dimple-less butts – I’m exposing them to a different kind of female body.

Mine. - Rita Templeton

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Books Encouraging Positive Body Image For All Ages Of Kid!

From empowering picture books to thought-provoking middle grade and young adult books, these books provide a great starting point to discussions about self-esteem, body image, and self-confidence.

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Videos On Body Image

My daughter loves these from Hatch Kids tackle all sorts of great topics from body image, to feminism, to privilege, intersectionality, gender …. it’s really a great resource!

Here is a video on girls and body image:

In case you needed further confirmation that unrealistic beauty standards affect girls at an early age, SheKnows Media is here to help.

In a new video from the digital media company’s Hatch program, young girls discuss body image and how it’s influenced by the media. According to one of the participants, altered images on magazine covers and in advertisements fuel unhealthy comparisons.

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