Body image and primary school children
13 Books That Teach Body Positivity To Kids
For a kid, one of the most important things after playgrounds and ice cream is fitting in with your peers. Children can be relentless at pointing out, and at times shaming, their classmates for having a different type of body. That's why it's important for parents to instill a strong foundation of self-esteem at home, as early as possible. One of the best ways to start, is by reading books that teach body positivity to young children. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 40 to 60 percent of elementary school girls are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat.
Clearly, I was wrong. And yet when I started searching for books to help boys deal with distorted body images, I found … not a lot. Plenty for girls, which is understandable. The fact is, our kids — all of them— are faced daily with unrealistic images of the human body, and some are more vulnerable thanks to temperament or age or a host of other factors to making damaging comparisons with their own bodies. Guess what?
Every body is beautiful, but many children have a hard time accepting their bodies. According to the National Eating Disorders Association , 81 percent of year-old girls fear being fat, and 46 percent of 9- to year-olds frequently go on diets. By the teen years, the statistics are even more troubling. More than half of teenage girls and one-third of teenage boys engage in unhealthy behaviors such as skipping meals, purging and abusing laxatives in an effort to lose weight. These statistics prove that we need to teach our children to love and take care of their bodies. Books are powerful tools for teaching your child about body positivity.
Help kids feel good about their bodies with these children's books that teach kids about positive body image, self-esteem and individuality.
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Children become self-aware and develop their sense of self-esteem in the very early stages of life, and that's why teaching kids about body positivity from a young age is so important. Health class, play groups, and other educational programs only go so far. It's up to parents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, and other adults in a child's life to guide them on a path to a happy, healthy life.
A few months ago I cancelled my longtime subscription to US Weekly try to restrain the snarky comments! A quick flip through the pages with a critical eye was all I needed to end my subscription. We live in a visual world — television, social media, smart phones, selfies. It scares me to think about all the subliminal messages that kids are receiving about body image, weight, and overall self-esteem. Here are a few.