How can I help my teenage daughter maintain a healthy body image?
With what the media fires at us daily, it's no wonder we grow up thinking we need perfect bodies. Remind your daughter that these "perfect" people represent a miniscule percentage of what the human race really looks like and that the concept of what is beautiful and what isn't waxes and wanes with fickle public opinion. Unfortunately, these icons of popularity help sell products: real estate, food, cars and even happiness.
Tell your daughter that women are naturally hairy and biologically designed to carry the next generation inside our bodies, and women's brains have something like 33 percent more neuronal fibers than men. Also, the left side of women's brains (analytical, task-oriented) and right side (intuitive, holistic) talk more easily to each other than do men's. Translation: Women are great multi-taskers, manage complexity well and are skilled at seeing the whole enchilada of life. And hips are terrific!
Your job: Keep pointing out what women do well and aim for powerful facts and metaphors. Pretty soon it'll sink in that Woman is Wonderous—no matter the size, shape or adornment.