Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Information for family and friends
It’s really common for young women to be unhappy about the way they look. This can affect young men too, but is more common in girls and women. Exposure to underweight models and images can make people less happy with their own appearance, and so can negative talk about bodies and weight, and being picked on or bullied about weight.
Feeling unhappy about the way your body looks puts you at risk for eating disorders, obesity and low mood.
If you’re concerned that your child has a negative view of their body, or you want to try to help them stay positive about the way they look, you could:
Last updated: 2 April, 2019
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