Educating Children About Their Bodies

Many young people tend to have body image issues, this has been apparent for decades, however recent years have seen an increase in said issues and are more apparent in teenage girls. Nowadays we have a media-centric obsession with being skinny, something of which has been impressed on our youth much more so than us. Even with this, morbid obesity has escalated to an all time high in all aspects of age, so it can be a daunting prospect when trying to find a medium to address a the attitude we give to our children about how they look and their appearance against a healthy body image

Here are 10 points that will help generate the right attitudes towards your child's body.

1. Looks are far from what's important. Think about your bodies abilities, and how it actually works. Your child should be encouraged to see their body as a tool of power and strength, something beyond an ornament behind glass case. This will foster a true appreciation for their body.

2. If you look after your body, it will look after you. Everyone can say that at some point they have taken their bodies for granted, it's easy to forget the better we treat our bodies, the better we will feel and the better we will function, and is something only we can do ourselves.

3. Find out what sport or activities your child likes. What sports do they take interest in? Football? Gymnastics? Make sure they're encouraged to do the activities they enjoy, but make sure it's predominately physical! Make sure it's not about competition, achievement or even performance, as long as they give it their all and enjoy it that's all that matters

4. Your body needs appreciation! If your child identifies everything their bodies do for them, there becomes less chance of them taking it for granted, therefore leading to better decisions when it comes to healthier choices.

5. Identify positive changes. When you see changes in your child, it might be dexterity, power, strength, visual acuity or even performance time, tell them! This will foster the development of self confidence, and will increase the chance of them to continue doing activities.

6. Switch to a more sustainable energy source. It sounds wrong to talk about sustainable energies when we talk about food, but it's the same principles, you'll find your body prefers to take its energy from good foods, and will sustain itself longer on them, the healthier you eat, the more energy you will have, believe me, its true!

7. Self appreciation is key. Make sure your children know their special qualities not just on the inside, but the outside too. Every single person on this earth has great positive qualities about them, make sure your kids know what they are!

8. Keep track of their body signals. Teach your children that they should eat when they're hungry, and its OK to eat when they're hungry, the key is to let them stop when they've had enough. If they're tried, either slow down or stop, if they're in pain or not feeling well they should be aware of these signals and teach them that reacting to them is OK, this will create a relationship between the child and their limits, parents should also be adopting this method.

9. Express yourself. Not only is it a great song, its a great way of brushing away those cobwebs. Your kids should know they can express themselves and who they are by any means, through physcial expression, or the way they dress or the colours they like, all of this will make them feel extra good about themselves.

10. Make them aware that your love is unconditional. You should make sure your children know you want the best for them, and that you want them to be happy, mentally and physically. But in any state, you love them none the less. How they look or feel isn't a factor you take into account of you loving them, this will help them feel secure so they can make healthy choices for themselves.

Communicating all of these points to your kids, and showing an example by doing it yourself will make your children feel more than comfortable in making independent decisions when it comes to making choices about activities and healthy eating. All these points will help your child lose weight.