Teens are extremely conscious about their bodies. Here are some tips to help your teen feel better about her body.
Teenage years can be a very stressful phase of life. A child is growing
up and is on the verge of becoming an adult. Not only is her body changing, but also her relationships with other people. A changing body makes a teenager conscious about her image.
At the same time, the media is bombarding her with images of toned and
shapely bodies. She is caught between accepting her body and trying to
live up to media expectations. Here are a few guidelines to help your
teen cope with the stress.
The pressure to look good can sometimes be a cause of
worry. Young girls want to be slim and willowy, like the women on
television. For boys, bulging biceps and a washboard tummy are the
figures they desire. There is nothing wrong in wanting to improve the
shape and structure of your body. However, a teenager must never try to achieve this at the cost of her own health.
Teenagers are highly influenced by their peers. If one person
recommends an activity, all her friends will go ahead and try it. This
is especially common for weight-loss methods. A teenager who thinks she is overweight will sometimes stop at nothing to lose the extra kilos. This may lead to eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. Both of them are highly dangerous and can lead to death, if not cured in time.
Having a Healthy Body
Every time your teen looks in the mirror, she is probably going to find
something about her body she does not like. This is a natural feeling.
Only a small percentage of people are gifted with perfect figures.
However, just because she does not have a slender waist does not imply
that she is fat. According to medical experts, a person with a body
mass index (BMI) of 18-25 is in the normal range. BMI is a ratio of
your weight to height.
An increased BMI indicates a greater chance of developing
obesity-related diseases. Therefore, she does not need to lose any
weight if she has a normal BMI.
Changing the Way Your Teen Feels
It is possible for your teen to improve how she perceives her
body. The key is to accept her body and be happy with the way she
looks. This can be accomplished in a number of ways.
Participating in physical activities: Taking part in a physical activity can help your teen accept her body image. When she participates in a sport
or goes trekking, she will use her body and discover what it is capable
of. As she continues, she will respect the job her body does and become
more at ease with it. If sport is not one of her interests, she can try
other activities like dancing for example. Find an activity that she
likes and try to get her to participate as often as possible.
Healthy diet: Make sure your teen eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Her body is only as good as the fuel she puts into it so give it the
best nourishment available. When her body feels good, she will feel
much better about it too.
Stop bad habits: Just as your teen needs to give her body
healthy food, she also needs to cut down on harmful substances.
Cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol introduce harmful chemicals into the
body. These chemicals not only affect all the organs but also slow you
down physically. If she consumes alcohol or smokes, she will find
herself feeling tired and irritated. In turn, she will feel disgusted
about her life in general, including her body.
Go for therapy: Sometimes, your teen may need professional help
to aid her in reaching her goal. If she is physically in the normal
range but cannot stop trying to lose weight, she may need psychiatric
help. An expert will talk to her and help her plan a program to deal
with the negative issues in her mind.
is not really about looking good. It is about being healthy and finding
ways to be comfortable and happy with the body nature has blessed your
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Do you think that teenagers have become overly conscious about their bodies? What advice would you give to a teenager focussed on looking like her favourite star? Should looking after your body be made part of school curriculum?
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