Cover Image by CarrieLynn I host a safe and friendly teen social network, ios app called Our Place. Each week, thousands of questions pour into the community.
One of the most common questions we're asked during our AskAnEditor Twitter chats is how you can boost your confidence. How do you feel about yourself? Are you comfortable with who you are?
Whether you remember your teenage years with a shudder or appreciation, we all know how vulnerable teenagers are when it comes to body image. It seems the best thing we can do for our teens is to help them focus on more than just appearance. Obsessing about your appearance and weight will demonstrate your feelings and opinions about yourself, which tells your teenager that your worth is based on your appearance. That simply is not true.
You may choose your own clothes, music, and friends. You also may be ready to make decisions about your body and health. Making healthy decisions about what you eat and drink, how active you are, and how much sleep you get is a great place to start.
Any type of regular, physical activity can improve your fitness and your health. The most important thing is that you keep moving! Exercise should be a regular part of your day, like brushing your teeth, eating, and sleeping.
A dictionary might say that health is the state of being free from illness or injury. But others think it is more. It is the key to living a productive and satisfying life.
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Suddenly, after growing slowly and steadily for years, a child approaching puberty rapidly begins to shoot up and round out. In addition, sexual characteristics make their appearance, as hormones trigger breast development, pubic hair growth, and a host of other changes including that hallmark of the teenage years: radical mood swings. In addition, as they add weight and round out, their casual relationship with food and eating becomes more complex.
As an eating disorders counselor and author, I have spent decades working with clients of all ages who are struggling with their food and weight. My experience comes not only from my schooling and my counseling practice, but from the trenches. I too, spent the majority of my life hating my body, dieting and overeating. Like many adolescent girls, I started my body battle at about 12 years old.