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Health Tip: Boys and Body Image

- Teen girls aren't the only ones who dwell on how their bodies look.

Here are suggestions to help teen boys deal with body image issues, provided by the Nemours Foundation:

  • Recognize the positive aspects of your body, rather than focusing on your weaknesses.
  • Understand that your body doesn't always define how well you perform an activity or play a certain sport.
  • Start exercising and weight training to gain confidence in yourself and your body.
  • Treat your body well by avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol. Also take pride in your physical appearance and hygiene.
  • Be proud of who you are. Don't try to make yourself someone you aren't.
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Posted: January 2008