Episode 028: Talking to Teens about Weight and Body Image


Episode 028: Talking to Teens about Weight and Body Image


There is so much going on inside the minds and bodies of teenagers. 


Once puberty hits, all sorts of body image struggles tend to come out of the woodwork. This can cause a lot of confusion for the teens themselves and be a fear factor for parents as well. We’re remiss not to talk about this with teens but it can be hard to know where to start and what to say.


So, in this episode, I’m going to share from my perspective some ways we can talk to teens about weight and body image. Whether it’s putting on muscle as an athlete, losing some weight as you’re transitioning into late high school/early college, or just the initial body image identity creation, there are lots of factors to consider in this arena. All of this shapes our relationships and plays a part in forming our identity. 


Let’s dig into it.


Show Highlights:

  • How we perceive our bodies as we develop.
  • The lack of education on fitness and nutrition for teens.
  • Why modeling healthy habits and body image is so important.
  • How to be mindful about the language you’re using around food and weight with your kids.
  • Behaviors to be aware of and watch out for in teens.
  • Why we need to be having conversations on weight and body image with teens.

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