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Riverside Girls High School

Riverside Girls High School

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Body image and self esteem

There are many ways that parents and carers can foster positive body image and strong self-esteem in their teenagers. If you are at all concerned about your daughter’s body image and self-esteem, as well as her exercising or eating behaviours, consult with your GP for information and referral.

Body image is how an individual perceives their body, and the thoughts and feelings associated with that perception. Poor body image can have a range of negative effects, including disordered eating, compulsive exercise, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Relationships, social functioning, mood and activity choices can be seriously affected by low self-esteem. Feeling embarrassed about physical appearance can also cause some young people to decrease their social interactions, creating feelings of loneliness and isolation, and an increased fear of rejection, leading to further lowered self-image. 

For further information and resources on body image, self esteem and disordered eating, click on each logo for links to the Butterfly Foundation, ReachOut and Headspace.