New research has shown boys aged between 15 and 19 are just as likely to have body image issues as girls.
For young Australians, body image issue are the third most common source of angst after ‘coping with stress’ and ‘school’.
A survey revealed 31.1 percent of young people reported body image as a source of stress in their lives, shared 9 honey.
Christine Morgan, CEO of the Butterfly Foundation says boys haven’t been enough of a focus when it comes to body image issues, but they should be.
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“In all the work we’re doing we’re seeing it’s not just a major issue, it’s of increasing concern at a young age and through adolescence,” she told Georgie Gardner on Today’s Agenda.
Ms Morgan said the main message we need to teach our sons and daughters is that there is no one ideal body type, but many types of body shapes and sizes.
“Let’s hope it doesn’t take as much time as it has for girls to accept diversity of size and shape,” she said.
She also said we need to teach our children that their self-worth has nothing to do with their body size and shape.
Parents need to look out for signs of negative body image in boys from adolescence, and those include an increased focus on body image, avoidance of food, body shaming and making negative comments about themselves.
If you or someone you know is suffering from body image issues, contact the Butterfly Foundation on 1800 334 673.
As a mum of boys this is always something in the back of my mind. Keep watch, and have open discussions with them regularly to keep the lines of communication open and honest.
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