Cultivating Body Neutrality in Young People
What Is Body Neutrality?
What Is Body Image?
Diet Culture and Altered Images on Social Media
How to Model Body Neutrality for Children and Teens
- Consider how you talk about bodies. Evaluate the language you use to discuss body image — both during self-talk and when talking about others, including your children. Focus on positive attributes that are not related to physical characteristics.
- Establish healthy eating habits. Seek nutrition advice from registered dietitians and share what you learn with your kids. Discuss food as nourishment rather than labeling “good” and “bad” foods.
- Monitor media consumption. Notice your habits for using social media, as well as your children’s social media use. Have conversations about body image messaging in movies, shows, magazines, and social media.
- Engage in and encourage movement. Participating in activities that do not promote a certain body type can be especially helpful in modeling body neutrality.
Tips for Building a Healthy Body Image for Adolescents and Young Adults
How to Reframe Negative Thoughts into Body-Neutral Affirmations
Social Media Tips to Support Body Neutrality
Best Practices on Social Media to Support Mental and Physical Health
- Know your triggers and the types of content that cause you to compare your appearance to others.
- Be discerning in following “pro-recovery” accounts and look for credible organizations such as the National Eating Disorders Association.
- Hack your TikTok algorithm by following accounts and liking posts that promote body neutrality, clicking “I’m not interested” on those that do not, and searching for more registered dietitians’ accounts so that similar content shows up on your “For You” page.
- Follow accounts or hashtags that promote body acceptance (e.g., #HealthAtEverySize) rather than those that may lead to body shaming.
- Limit your time on social media. Using mobile apps and timers can help set limits on social media use on your phone and computer.
How to Determine Whether Diet Claims Are Credible
Additional Body Neutrality Resources and Eating Disorder Resources
- National Eating Disorders Association
- Baylor: How to Teach Teenagers Health Literacy in the Age of Online Influencers
- National Institute of Mental Health: Shareable Resources on Eating Disorders
- Education and Insight on Eating Disorders: Social Media Resources
- Project HEAL
- Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association