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How can adults support girls who are struggling with their body image?

Jun 14, 2021

Dr Charlotte Markey
In today's video Dr Charlotte Markey talks with us about how body image concerns are unfortunately very typical for girls, how the pandemic exacerbated this and more

In this video:

Body image concerns are unfortunately very typical for girls. It is not a reflection of things going on at home or any one parent. (1:16)

The pandemic has also exacerbated this issue for many. (1:41)

Avoid making appearance-related comments. Make it clear to your kids that you value them for more than just how they look. (2:08)

Help kids focus on what their bodies can do and how their bodies allow them to live their lives. (4:00)
Talk to kids about social media. Encourage them to follow accounts that support their development, not just friends, celebrities, and influencers. (4:46)

To go deeper on this topic, you can find Dr. Markey’s book, The Body Image Book for Girls, on Amazon – remember to shop using Amazon Smile choose WithAll as your charity of choice.

Charlotte Markey is a health psychologist with a particular interest in eating-related behaviors (i.e., body image, attempts at weight loss). She is especially interested in social influences on eating-related behaviors. Her research has examined romantic partners, parents, and media influences on eating behaviors and body image.

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Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health & Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Walden University.

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Lindsay leads our operations, programming, fundraising, and communications to better fulfill our mission. She enjoys engaging with our supporters and stakeholders to build stronger connections to our work. Outside the office, you can find her planning her next trip, exploring the Twin Cities, or reading her book club’s latest pick.

With ten years of experience in nonprofit and foundation administration, Lindsay is a creative project manager working to strengthen all our operations. She loves being a part of a team deeply dedicated to discovering innovative and effective strategies to end eating disorders and is excited to invite others into this important work. Efficient and collaborative, she executes activity across all operations, including fundraising, events, communications, and programming. Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, and a fundraising certificate from the University of St. Thomas. She and her family live in Richfield, MN.

As Executive Director, Lisa leads WithAll’s strategic growth as a sustainable social enterprise dedicated to the prevention of and healing from eating disorders.

Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs, community relations, and law, and nearly 15 years of experience in non-profit leadership, most recently at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. She is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a member of the Minnesota Bar, and a Minnesota Supreme Court appointee to Minnesota’s Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. She volunteers with her daughter’s school and with youth sports.

Lisa does this work because she knows eating disorders are not a choice; they are deadly, and they are everywhere. She also knows kids are not born with harmful thoughts and actions around food or their body—and it’s our job as adults to keep it this way so they can focus their precious brains and time on things that matter.

Lisa finds laughter, all children, and the numerous variations of sparkling water to be delightful.