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Youth Body Image


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We have long known that girls and young women have been very concerned about body image, sometimes forming unrealistic expectations fed by what they see in the media. That concern is now creeping downward into the consciousness of much younger children – as young as 5.  How widespread is this problem? How do kids who can’t read form an opinion of what their weight should be? We look into that and at what can be done about it.

Preeti Patel Matkins, MD, FAAP, FSAHM - Medical Director, Teen Health Connection; Medical Director for The Center for Disordered Eating at Teen Health Connection; Director of Adolescent Medicine, Levine Children’s Hospital; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine

Courtney Perkins - Registered Dietitian, Teen Health Connection

Melissa Miller, PsyD - Clinical Psychologist, SouthEast Psych

Amy Combs - Licensed Psychologist, Charlotte Center for Balanced Living 

Guest Recommended Reading
Living With Your Body Image and Other Things You Hate:  How to let go of your struggle with body image using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Emily Sandoz, PhD and Troy DuFrene

Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary