Preserving Body Image and SelfEsteem Among Overweight Youngsters
Preserving Body Image and SelfEsteem Among Overweight Youngsters Miami-Dade County Public Schools Physical Education and Health Literacy Body Image
Internal representation of your own outer appearance your own unique perception of your body. Body Satisfaction
Satisfaction with various aspects of ones body such as waist, hips, thighs, breasts, hair, etc Self-Esteem Self-esteem is how much a
person likes, accepts, and respects himself overall as a person. Body Dissatisfactio n
Discontent/ disappointment with various aspects of ones body. How Common is Body Dissatisfaction Among Children of All Sizes in 3rd to 6th grade?
45% wanted to be thinner 37% had tried to lose weight 7% scored in anorexia nervosa range Dieting is considered one indication of
body dissatisfaction in children. How Common is Dieting Among Children in US? National Study of 10,000 youngsters 41%
of Caucasian children 40% of Asian children 33% of Hispanic children 22% of African-American children Our Society Promotes Body Dissatisfaction and Dieting
Who Promotes Body Dissatisfaction in Children and Teenagers? Teen Magazines TV Shows Movies Peers
Teachers Parents Body dissatisfaction is the most consistent predictor of the onset of eating disturbances
Body Dissatisfaction has a negative impact on self-esteem, especially among overweight youngsters. Few problems in
childhood have as significant an impact on emotional wellbeing as being overweight Promoting Body Satisfaction and High Self-Esteem in Children and Teenagers
*Point out that human bodies come in a wide range of sizes and shapes and that there is no perfect body size and shape. Celebrate differences
in body size and shape among children and adults. Never imply that there is something wrong with a childs body no matter what size it is.
Promoting Body Satisfaction and High Self-Esteem *Challenge media images of the perfect body. Want to Be a Teen
Vogue IT GIRL? Staying up on the latest trends in fashion and beauty is an absolute must for me!
I consider myself to be a leader I secretly (or not so secretly) love to be the center of attention
Other people look to me for advice on clothes, cosmetics and style Talk About What Characteristics We Value in Our Friends
Listens to me when I talk about my problems and concerns. Cares about me. Enjoys doing the things I like to do. Is there for me when I need a friend.
Doesnt tell others my secrets. Promoting Body Satisfaction and High SelfEsteem * Advocate & demonstrate respect for the bodies of others as well as your own body
Model Body Acceptance and Body Satisfaction Make positive comments about your own body and the bodies of others. Do not make negative comments about your own body or the bodies of others
Verbalize your own rejection of the thin, perfect body Believe that discriminating against someone based on their body size is wrong.
* Take a Stance Against Size Discrimination Speak up when you see it or hear it Encourage adults to take action if a child is bullied, teased, or discriminated against because of body size. Tell parents not to allow
anyone to tease or harass a child about his/her weight. How to deal with overweight/obesity. Focus on behaviors NOT weight Soda
consumption Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Fast Food and Snack Food Time spent in active play Time spent watching TV Set Behavioral Goals Not Weight Goals
Limit TV watching/computer game playing to 2 hours per day Play actively for 60 minutes every day do something that you enjoy Walk or bike to and from school
Set Behavioral Goals Not Weight Goals Drink low fat or nonfat milk at meals instead of soft drink. Limit soft drink consumption to one 12 ounce can a day or less.
Eat 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables Limit fast food meals to 1-2 per week Discourage Restricted Calorie Dieting in Children or Teenagers
Impacts of Dieting on Childrens Health Physical well being Risk of stunting growth in height Lower bone density Delayed puberty Poor nutrient intake Fatigue Obesity
Impact of Dieting on Childrens Health Psychological well being Preoccupation with food and
eating Sneaking and hiding food Body dissatisfaction, poor selfesteem Eating disorders Impact of Dieting on Childrens Health Social well being
Subject to size discrimination by adults Teased, harassed, and rejected by peers Apt to become socially isolated
Does Dieting Help Children Achieve Healthy Weights? Study by Harvard Medical School assessed weight change of frequent dieters compared to those who never dieted.
Over 10,000 youngsters ages 9 to 14 followed for 2 years. Regardless of their calories, fat, CHO, or their physical activity or inactivity, the frequent dieters were more likely to become overweight than those who never dieted.
Diagnosis and treatment of childhood overweight is the responsibility of the medical profession, it not our responsibility. Examine childs growth history over time Consider weight of biological parents and close relatives Conduct examination of child for
medical problems associated with overweight Recommend and provide/refer for treatment Our responsibility is: To help children and adults eat
nutritious diets and be physically active. To help create environments that promote eating nutritious diets and being physically active.
Promote Body Satisfaction, a Positive Body Image, and High Self-esteem for All Adults and Children. Recognize that the best way to decrease overweight is to create environments that promote healthy
lifestyles in families. Believe that the vast majority of parents love their children and are committed to fostering their health and welfare. Know that our children are our
future and we are strongly committed to caring for them and creating a world in which they can thrive.
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