Parents have a major impact on their child’s body image in a number of ways. The way a parent feels and about their body can influence how a child feels about their own body. If a parent makes negative body comments about their own body or someone else’s, a child can start to look at their own body in a negative way. The body image standards upheld by most media sources already put children and youth under enough pressure to look a certain way, so they need the home to become a place where they can feel good about themselves– just the way they are.

Parents who model a healthy relationship with food, engaging in enjoyable physical activity, and speaking positively about their body can help to shape how their child views and takes care of their body.

What Influences Body Image?

Percy Pinhorn Book

Grade 2: Percy Pinhorn Activity Guide

Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating

Body Image and Self-Esteem

Body Diversity & Body Dissatisfaction

It Starts With You Brochure