Today’s media relates thinness to beauty, success and health. Many outlets advertise ways to lose weight that are motivated by financial gains, rather than science. Studies have found that 1 in 5 teenage girls is on a diet at any time in Canada, America, Australia and Britain. Dieting can lead to substance abuse, smoking and unprotected sex.
Top Tips from Dr. Aimee Dmytryshyn, medschoolforparents.com Expert:
- Discourage teenager from dieting, fasting, or skipping meals by teaching them to be wary of media
- Encourage physical activity and its’ health benefits
- Seek your physician if your teenager is engaging in serious weight loss practices