Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

More on healthy body image

Yesterday in class, my students and I talked about the challenges to a healthy body image. I shared a few tips we came up with to help children and adolescents develop a healthy body image.

Here’s a quote that Media Power Youth shared with me on this topic

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This reminded me of this photo series of Olympic athletes. The beauty of this series is the way it shows the power of the body as an agent that DOES amazing things rather than depicting the body as an object that LOOKS a certain way. These types of photos are great to prompt conversations with children and adolescents about body image and agency.

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One comment on “More on healthy body image

  1. Kimberly Thompson
    February 28, 2014

    I think the best thing moms can do to help their daughters develop good body images is to develop a healthy one of their own. Years ago, I developed an imagery exercise for myself in which I start at the top of my head and work my way down to my feet, thanking God for every part of my body. I imagine the inside of my body as well as the outside and practice gratitude. It really has made a difference in the way I see my body. (I do it in the bathtub when I’m relaxed already).

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