Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Self Image Is a Problem for Kids; Even Healthy Children Are Starting to Feel Bad, Says Report

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Self Image Is a Problem for Kids; Even Healthy Children Are Starting to Feel Bad, Says Report

Article excerpt

WHEN Karen Congreve's nine-year-old daughter said she did not want to wear a certain piece of clothing because she thought it would make her look fat, she could not believe her ears.

"I think it (body image) is quite an issue these days," Mrs Congreve said.

"I always try to be a good role model and put the issue on health not weight.

"But kids watch so much television and they have access to the media, so the wrong messages are getting through."

This shocking, but not uncommon incident comes just days after a study of four-year-olds in Melbourne found the children already had concerns about their body image.

Leading child psychologist Dr John Irvine, whose column is printed in the NewsMail, agreed the prevalence of negative body images within young children was becoming an increasing issue.

"Kids anxieties about life in general are increasing," Dr Irvine said.

"Through their parents becoming more and more stressed, and the media with its portrayal of what beautiful people look like.

"They are into the whole body-beautiful thing right from school age."

Dr Irvine said that it was through messages of what looked good, that young children also learned what did not look good.

"Children are also becoming more sensitive," Dr Irvine said.

Dr Irvine said the issues arising had a lot to do with children being introduced to things at a younger age. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.