Is My Son Struggling with his Body Image?
Red flags for body image parents need to look out forPay attention if your boy starts demonstrating any kind of self-consciousness about their body. Boys can have the occasional moment in which they don't feel comfortable with their clothes or the way they look. If your boy starts declining invitations to play sports, hang out with friends, go to the beach or the pool, the amount of focus he gives his body image is taking an unhealthy precedence in his life. Listen for comments about not being like other boys or not being able to fit in with peers. Give an especially open ear to any comments about bullying which may be happening at school. Teens spend a tremendous amount of time online and engaged with social media platforms which are full of digitally altered images and unhealthy messages dictating body image ideals. Parents struggle to know what their teens are doing online and cannot track if boys are spending time obsessing over images of ‘ideal' male bodies. If other behaviors match up with an excessive amount of time spent online or in magazines, consider it a red flag.
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