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Girls and Body Image Tips

Tips for Parents of Middle School Kids

Offer other role models. Get your two cents in about who your girls idolize or find pretty in the media and why. Without being heavy handed, talk about different people you find beautiful who are all different body types -- and say why.

Help your kid become a media critic. Pay attention to ads, magazine covers, billboards -- and talk to your kids about how these messages make you feel, and ask them about their own reactions.

Expose the myths. Make sure kids know that celebrities have stylists, hairdressers, personal trainers, and more -- all working to make them look polished. Point out that pictures in magazines have been altered to make models look flawless -- and impossibly thin. —Common Sense Media (Photo: iStock)

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