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What are we teaching our children?
In a quote from Health Canada based on a research program for VITALITY following report was made: "Slimness in western cultures is associated not only with success and sophistication, but with character virtues. Conversely, obesity is opposite of all these things and, particularly in case of women, is associated with failure and a collapse of self-discipline."
Self image is tied to several factors, only one of which is body image. Self image is part of self awareness and starts early in childhood, even before speech. As we become adults many tie their self image to such factors as job success, relationships and abilities. Body image - if a person has a negative view of themselves physically - can be one of most dramatic influences.
Health Canada's findings show that although self image may be subject to change throughout our life, our "fundamental sense of feeling worthy or unworthy (self-esteem) remains relatively stable". This means that it is while children are still young that most impact is made on their future self image. Creating a safe, nurturing and loving environment can be greatest protection against negative body image and low self-esteem.
The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any health care program.
Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.