Teach your Students How to Stripe away Negative Body Image
Body shaming is an issue, which can create depression in students. Ultimetly it will reflect on their behviour, overall growth & future. Today at Beyond Teaching, we're sharing some valuable inputs for teachers. So that, they can teach students how to handle body shaming.
Don't talk negatively about yourself
I recently heard a story of a woman who was trying on bathing suits with her daughter sitting nearby. Every time she would try one on, she would take a picture and text her friends to see what they thought. Her daughter tried one on, looked up at her mom and said, "I think I look beautiful! Do you think I look beautiful?"
Know how to respond when they say, "Why is that person so fat?"
If you know how to handle it, however, it doesn't have to be hard or embarrassing. Instead of urging your child to be quiet, just answer their question. Tell them everyone is different: some are big, small, short, tall, old and young. It's important for your children to know how you look isn't something to be ashamed of.
Make exercise fun
Help your kids find something they like to do, and they'll learn to exercise for themselves instead of for the scale. Don't push them in any damn sport or excercise. Let them choose, let them take new experiences which actually lightup the whole process of weightloss.
Help them understand their bodies
Having a body is an absolute miracle in itself. Teach your kids about what the body can do and how it works. Teach them that all bodies are good bodies. Tell your kids they should eat healthy food and exercise to take care of their bodies, not to lose weight or look different. If they can are aware of what their bodies can do, they have a better chance of being grateful for it instead of shaming it.
Input Fat Positive Media Into Their Lives Whenever Possible
As long as the Internet remains alive, there will likely be fat people on it taking a stand for themselves. There'll be activists, there'll be models (indie or signed), there'll be a select few characters in movies or shows who deviate from the aforementioned tropes. There'll be Lumpy Space Princesses or body positive Disney characters. We can't control everything our kids watch, but we can definitely try to avoid playing movies or cartoons that rely on fat shaming as a plot point.
Don't avoid the topic of weight loss
When kids start to feel ashamed of their bodies and develop unhealthy habits, step in to help. Don't focus on their weight gain, instead focus on ways to be healthier. Find sports they love and healthy foods they like and work together help your child feel good.
Praise and encourage them
There's nothing wrong with telling your daughter she's beautiful or telling your son he's handsome. However, it's helpful to broaden your range of compliments. Praise them for their admirable character traits, achievements and their uniqueness. This will help your children know there's much more to them than their appearance.
Teach them acceptance
Teach your kids that everyone has a story. Teach them to accept people who may look different from them. Teach your children that being different isn't bad - it's good. Help them understand that their worth and everyone else's worth is more than they can understand, so acceptance is crucial. This goes beyond promoting healthy body-image, it teaches your child how to be a good person.
Promoting body-positivity in your family is a constant conversation and should never be neglected. Helping your children understand these important concepts can help them be confident, positive and successful in a world that's trying to put them down.