(HealthDay News) -- What you say rubs off on your children, even if you don't think they're listening. So when you're talking about body image, remember that a positive attitude is good for both of you.
The Womenshealth.gov website suggests:
Don't speak negatively about food, weight, body shape and body size.
Provide an array of healthy meals and snacks, and let your child make decisions about what to eat.
Praise your child for values, accomplishments, efforts and talents. Communicate openly and frequently.
Limit TV time, but watch it together so you can talk about the images you see.
Get active at your child's school, and support policies that oppose discrimination, teasing and harassment.
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