Self-image

It’s not easy being a teenager. We’re undergoing so many changes to our body, some of which may be welcome and others not so much, that it can drive us to become obsessed with how we look. But this can be unhealthy.


Peers, social media, TV and magazines can lead us to compare ourselves with others and feel under pressure to look a certain way. Often the images we see that look ‘perfect’ have actually been altered digitally, and aren’t real. Comparing yourself to others is not healthy. What looks good on one person may not suit another. It’s much better to find your own style. You are an individual. Be proud of that.

Keeping active and healthy eating are good for your mind and body, but worrying too much about your body shape or trying to control it through lots of exercise and diet changes can be harmful.

We all have good bits and bad bits, so rather than focusing on the not-so-good bits, focus on your strengths. When you look in the mirror, focus on the parts you like. Think of any compliments you’ve received. If you’re not sure, ask someone you trust what they like about you.

 

Some things you might find useful

Body confidence

Interactive site with tips, videos, quizzes, celeb stories and more to help boost your body confidence.

Rise Above

This Girl Can

National campaign to inspire girls and women to get active, no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets!

This Girl Can

Worried about an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are not just about food – they can be a way of coping or feeling in control. Find out more here.

MindMate - Eating disorders

Advice on a range of feelings and symptoms

The Young Minds sites provides advice on feelings and symptoms including body image.

Young Minds

Information and Advice line for Children & Young People

A helpline service for young people up to the age of 25 in Wales, 8am until midnight, 7 days a week.

Meic

My Body

Read our advice below for help and support dealing with positive self image and looking after your body.

Childline