Self-esteem and body image

While it can be normal for a teenager to lack confidence at times, people with self-esteem and body image issues normally view themselves differently to how others view them.

Low self-esteem and body image can be particularly hard for young people especially when they’re doing things like starting high school or work, and forming new friendships and relationships. Keep reading to understand self-esteem and body image issues that may come up for your teenager and ways to help your child feel better about themselves and their capabilities.

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Self-esteem and teenagers

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Body image, eating disorders and teenagers

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Puberty and teenagers

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Self-confidence and teenagers