revised August 13, 2012
& Body Image
important are looks and popularity to me?
If you think of a
best friend or someone you admire... what positive qualities
about that person first come to mind?
Chances are weight and appearance are not at the top of your
Examples of qualities we admire in real friendships are:
Great looks, if that's all there is, are
not enough to
last over time.
to be with
sense of humour
- there when you need them.
We all have different kinds of relationships that influence us. Some relationships can affect body image in a negative way.
help handle unwelcome comments, to feel good about yourself and put
body image pressures into perspective.
- Parents, friends and partners who focus on their own weight and body
shape often give the message that you should do the same. This can
happen no matter how old you are!
- Family practices such as skipping breakfast, or finishing everything
on your plate even when you feel full, can result in unhealthy eating
- Teasing or unwelcome comments from others about your appearance or what
you are eating can crush self-esteem and confidence. Put-downs and
pressure are not easy to deal with.
Healthy relationships are based on much more than physical
Here are some examples:
Spend time with people who have a healthy body image and
help you feel
good about yourself.
- A coach who values the attitude and skill you bring to your sport, more
than your weight, shape or muscle size.
- A family member who encourages healthy eating and regular activity, but
doesn't focus on weight and appearance.
- A friend who cares more that
you are trustworthy and fun to be with, than about
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August 13, 2012