Teenage is such a critical age where a huge part of the adults’ personality is actually formed. Imagine, these early years of one’s life can form his character, personality, reactions, and even the way he sees himself, his future, and his life. It’s essential to keep kids healthy, and protect them from being abused and bullied.
Remember how superficial high school was. We were all trying to look cool and attractive. Some less fortunate teens weren’t as appealing, due to their excess weight and physical appearance. Body shaming is one long topic to discuss, but here I will briefly present the ways we can protect kids from being exposed to or affected by body shaming.
What fosters body shaming?
Media, social media, instagram influencers, unhealthy models, and many more contribute to the unhealthy image that is engraved in the minds of kids and teens nowadays. We now have a standard for beauty and attractiveness. What a shame that we’re raising generations that cannot value differences and variations.
Your role in stopping it
Like any responsible member of the society, you ought to fight body shaming, whether to teens, children, or adults. Any type of bullying should stop. There are several things you can do to support a better body image for teens.
Refrain from commenting on their looks
Sometimes you worry about their health if they look overweight, but the truth is that the right way to care is to praise and support any activities they take. Instead of focusing on the miles they have ahead, you should focus on the few steps they’ve taken, and encourage them to be even more active.
Tell them they’re not alone
Not in the sense that they’re locked in a dark place no, but tell them that everybody is insecure about something in their body. They are not ought to love every single thing about their appearance, but they out to accept it. We all have insecurities, even those who are perceived as perfect.
Be a healthy role model
Well, you should take good care of your health anyway. You should love your body and treat it well, your kids will follow. They will feel attractive if you do, and they will become healthier if you are. That’s almost a rule, kids perceive their parents as their role models.