Tag Archives | body image

This Healthy Eating Trick Isn’t Always Best For Teens

Drink a cold glass of water before each meal. Eat a big, nutritious breakfast. Keep a food journal. Use smaller plates. We’ve all heard the tips and tricks to help you change your eating habits, but do they really work? A new study shows that at least one doesn’t, particularly for overweight teens.

Researchers at the University of Connecticut tested how attentive teen girls were to portion sizes and quizzed them about their perception of the amount of food on different sized plates. There were 162 girls ages 14 to 18 involved in the study. The researchers found that overweight teenage girls were less attentive, on average, to these visual cues of different types than their peers.


YouTube’s #DearMe Campaign Gives Advice to Teens in an Unexpected Way

In honor of International Women’s Day on Sunday, YouTube launched a campaign called “#DearMe” where the site’s stars created videos dedicated to their younger selves and shared advice they wish they’d been given when they were teens.

Participants in the campaign tackle a number of different issues that your teens may be currently facing such as bullying, mental health, and body confidence.


4 True Stories To Watch With Your Teens

Many teens may automatically label documentaries as “boring.” Let’s face it: They’ve probably been forced to watch old videos of World War I or the life cycle of plants in class. In a warm room with the lights off, it’d be hard not to fall asleep.

But not all documentaries are a total snooze fest. After all, documentaries are intended to show real aspects of everyday life and your teen’s life is anything but boring.

We’ve rounded up four documentaries that teens can relate to.


WATCH: This Video Will Make You Rethink Concepts Like Body Image & Self Worth

“If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be?” In a new video, an organization called JubileeProject asked this question to 50 people of all ages. The contrast between answers from children and adults is eye-opening. UntitledAs they grow up, there are more and more complaints or desires to change actual body parts—huge foreheads or round faces. Meanwhile, the younger kids answer with magical things like having wings or a mermaid tail.


Celebrate Body Positivity With Fat Talk Free Week!

Back in September, Choices featured a story about body bullying — or the trend of judging, criticizing, and nitpicking other people (and ourselves) based on appearance. Along with that article, we featured a list of movements that spread body positivity. On that list was an annual campaign called Fat Talk Free Week, which is organized by Delta Delta Delta, a women’s fraternity. Now that week is finally here (Oct. 20-24) and we think it’s worth celebrating!


This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Nick Embraces His Body Size

For as long as Nick Tarantino can remember, he’s been a “big kid.” The 17-year-old was even a large baby, born at 8 lbs and 6 ounces. In his Teen Flaunt essay, he explains, “Ever since about 6 or 7 years old, I’ve been overall bigger than all the other kids, what I like to call… well-ROUNDed.” While it may start out by sounding like a sad story, Nick doesn’t want your pity. Instead, he wants readers to realize it’s possible to accept and love your body exactly the way it is. His advice? “Just remember, don’t hide it. FLAUNT IT!!” Those are wise words we can all appreciate.


More Than Just A Catchy Song, This Video Spreads Body Positivity

After seeing an article in the New York Times about the recent trend of body-positive music videos, we can’t stop replaying Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” It’s a catchy song with a brightly-colored music video. But the great part is the message of the song: beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Trainor sings, “I ain’t no size 2/ but I can shake it, shake it / Like I’m supposed to do.”

With the main message being “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top,” this is definitely something we can get behind.


Dove’s New Short Film Reveals the Secrets Behind the Selfie

Are selfies hurting or helping teen self-esteem? That’s a question we’ve already explored here at Teenbeing (lack-of-spoiler alert: it’s complicated). But Monday at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign—now celebrating 10 years of brazen (as far as the beauty world is concerned), conversation-changing initiatives— premiered a brand new 8-minute documentary short called Selfie. After watching, you can say it has us excited about how the  answer to this very complex question is evolving. The film left our hearts a little warmed. It left us hopeful. Why? In the video, moms and daughters […]