At Web MD, we talked to experts to find out which factors influence girls' ideas about body image and what parents can do to help their daughters develop a healthy attitude about their own bodies. The average teen girl gets about 180 minutes of media exposure daily and only about 10 minutes of parental interaction a day, says Renee Hobbs, Ed D, associate professor of communications at Temple University.In an attempt to emulate the countless media images they view, girls often take drastic measures.Experts suggest that parents' energy is better spent getting their daughters to look at and think critically about the unrealistic way the media portrays girls and women.
When parents can help their daughters recognize how unrealistic these images are -- airbrushed to trim tummies and hide blemishes -- girls may begin to feel better about the way they look, flaws and all.With some practical but life-changing hacks, you can have both. Here are our easiest morning beauty tips — from your hair to your face down to your toes — for the laziest of girls.These beauty tips are so easy you'll be able to follow them in your half-asleep daze, but they'll make you look like you'd spent hours primping. To divert attention from media-driven images of being super skinny, some parents engage their daughters in sports. "Some athletic pursuits, especially those like ice skating, which emphasize that what you look like is important, might put girls more at risk [for problems related to body image, like eating disorders]," says Sarah Murnen, Ph D, a professor of psychology at Kenyon College.But Murnen's research also has shown that girls who participate in sports that don't emphasis leanness are likely to feel better about themselves.
Many end up with very low self-esteem; some with dangerous eating disorders.