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Ask Yourself

Ask yourself:

How important are looks and popularity to me?

If you think of a best friend or someone you admire... what positive qualities about that person first come to mind?

Chances are weight and appearance are not at the top of your list.

Examples of qualities we admire in real friendships are:
  • fun to be with
  • kind
  • good sense of humour
  • there when you need them.
Great looks, if that's all there is, are not enough to make relationships last over time.
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Kinds of Relationships

We all have different kinds of relationships that influence us. Some relationships can affect body image in a negative way.
  • Parents, friends and partners who focus on their own weight and body shape often give the message that you should do the same. This can happen no matter how old you are!
  • Family practices such as skipping breakfast, or finishing everything on your plate even when you feel full, can result in unhealthy eating habits.
  • Teasing or unwelcome comments from others about your appearance or what you are eating can crush self-esteem and confidence. Put-downs and pressure are not easy to deal with.
Communication skills help handle unwelcome comments, to feel good about yourself and put body image pressures into perspective.
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Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships are based on much more than physical appearance.

Here are some examples:
  • A coach who values the attitude and skill you bring to your sport, more than your weight, shape or muscle size.
  • A family member who encourages healthy eating and regular activity, but doesn't focus on weight and appearance.
  • A friend who cares more that you are trustworthy and fun to be with, than about your looks.
Spend time with people who have a healthy body image and help you feel good about yourself.
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