In this video:
Dr. Nagata shares several red flags to look for in boys who might be struggling with body image. You can learn more signs to look for here.
Based on Dr. Nagata’s advice, here are some additional tips you can implement right away if you, like Mike, want to know what to say to strengthen the body image of a young man in your life:
- Avoid commenting on his size or muscle mass. Be mindful that you should also avoid commenting on the bodies of other young men or even the men you see on TV.
- Compliment him on his skills on the field that do not relate to his size. (ex: “Great footwork! You didn’t let that offender get by you.”).
Encourage your son’s coach to partner with you in this effort by taking the What to Say Coaches Challenge – our email series with helpful tips and phrases for strengthening the body image of young athletes.