Self-esteem and body image issues can be a very difficult part of adolescence and young adulthood. Each generation has its own idea of “perfection” perpetuated through media, peer pressure, and societal prejudices, all have which take strong roots in our thinking. Any kind of negative imaging in the formative years can lead to teens picking… Continue reading How to Help Your Teen Overcome Low Self-Esteem and Body Image Issues
In the years before the internet, a teen’s self-image was influenced primarily by peers at school. Teens and young adults often looked to each other for the current acceptable body image. With today’s technology and particularly social media, many teenagers and young adults are more influenced by the online feedback of their peers than ever.… Continue reading How Does Social Media Affect Your Teen’s Self-Image?
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, there are a tremendous amount of benefits to exercising for adolescents including maintaining a healthy weight and the prevention of certain diseases later in life. Additionally, exercise provides better academic performance and the creation of a lifetime of healthy habits. In addition to physical health benefits, adolescents… Continue reading Is Exercise Good for Your Mental Health?
“Clean eating” is a buzz phrase that you may be hearing lately. What does that mean, though? According to the Mayo Clinic, “clean eating is, in essence, a diet — just a way of eating. But it is also a way of living that lends itself to improving one’s health and wellbeing.” They go on… Continue reading Eating Clean and Dieting: What it Means for Eating Disorders
According to a recent report from Common Sense Media, teens are spending an average of about nine hours on social media daily and this does not include what they may be using at school. Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat have become an integral part of teenager’s lives, something that many teens feel… Continue reading Is Social Media Negatively Impacting Your Teen’s Body Image?
If your teen is struggling with body image, weight or food issues, the holidays make it so much more stressful. This is particularly true at Thanksgiving, which is a completely food centered holiday. According to The Huffington Post, some 10 million Americans are fighting an eating disorder. For them, the amount of food around the… Continue reading How to Survive Thanksgiving with an Eating Disorder
During the adolescent years, teenagers become increasingly more aware of what shapes their identity, and they also begin to see and value how others view their appearance, skills, and achievements. For these reasons, teens are often much more susceptible to eating disorders and can easily develop an unhealthy relationship with food, which has the potential… Continue reading How to Talk to Your Teen About Their Weight
The adolescent years can be challenging for parents no matter how strong and loving the intentions may be. As your teen begins to experience puberty, however, keep in mind that this time is ultimately much more confusing for them as their bodies and minds grow, develop, and change. While the physical development brought about by… Continue reading 3 Key Things Parents Should Know to Promote Good Mental Health During Puberty
By the time your son or daughter reaches the teenage years, they will inevitably be involved and immersed in many interests as they explore their developing skills, talents, and passions. One of the most common pass times that teens typically enjoy at various degrees during adolescence and beyond is athletics. Participating in athletics is a… Continue reading 4 Ways You Can Instill a Healthy Body Image in Your Teen Athlete