Girls often face significant pressure to look attractive. The quest for a perfect body or appearance can take a heavy toll, though. Find out what you can do to help young girls develop and maintain a healthy body image and self-esteem.

Causes of a negative body image

Maintaining a healthy body image during adolescence, a period of major physical and emotional changes, can be difficult. Factors that might harm a girl’s body image include:

— Natural weight gain and other changes caused by puberty
— Peer pressure to look a certain way
— Media images that promote the ideal female body as thin
— Having a mother who’s overly concerned about her own weight or her daughter’s weight or appearance

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