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Here are the resources we found for body image for parents and families:
Promoting Positive Body Image
In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith explores simple ideas for how adults can promote body confidence and positive body image in the children and young people we live or work with.
Why Thinking You’re Ugly is Bad for You – Meaghan Ramsey
About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, ‘Am I ugly?’. Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young girls. In a deeply unsettling talk, she walks us through the surprising impact of low body and image confidence – from lower grades in school to greater risk-taking with drugs and alcohol. Then Meaghan Ramsey shares the key things all of us can do to disrupt this reality.
Scoliosis Body Confidence
Body confidence is about loving your body no matter what! Even when it is a bit of a funny shape. In this video Jessica shares her thoughts on body confidence and her personal story on scoliosis, which is a curve in her spine.
MindEd for Families
MindEd for Families provides tonnes of resources on how to deal with young people in a variety of situations. The variety of situations included on this webpage is vast and covers topics like death and loss, medication, talking to your child, parenting a child with issues, sexual orientation and gender, eating disorders and what to do if your child refuses to go to school. If you need help and advice as a parent, this is the first place to go.
Body image is closely linked to self-esteem, and having a positive body image and good self-esteem is important to the happiness of any young person.
This page from the Black Country CAMHS website explores the topic, and provides helpful advice and links for visitors to explore.
Reflections on Body Image
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image conducted an inquiry into the causes and consequences of body image dissatisfaction. During this inquiry a number of institutions, organisations and individuals gave evidence about body image and how it is affected by a number of factors and how it can leave a lasting effect on individuals. The report contains three sections; growing up, the mis-sold ideal and body image and health.