Design for Life: How do I stop my daughter having body image issues?

This week, clinical psychotherapist Dr Malie Coyne advises a parent on dealing with the unrealistic expectations of her child who has been exposed to misleading imagery on Instagram

16th May, 2021
Design for Life: How do I stop my daughter having body image issues?
Body image angst is an issue that afflicts many young people today. Illustration: Getty

Dear Expert,

How do you stop kids from having unrealistic body images? I ask because I’m confounded by the images on my child’s screens every single day. I’m sick to death of the way everyone is altering themselves on Instagram to make their lips bigger or their skin dewier. Then you switch on the television and everyone is primped and plumped. It’s not realistic. I overheard my daughter on the phone...

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