Research has found that 53 percent of young American girls report having negative feelings about their bodies. By the time they reach the age of 17, that number grows to 78 percent. And boys are not immune to this negative self-talk. Approximately 30 percent of elementary school boys say they wish they could lose weight.
Raising a healthy child can be difficult enough. But raising a child who feels good about their healthy body can be a whole other challenge many parents don’t know how to conquer.
Prevalence of body image issues
“Body image struggles are