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Monash Student Space Newsletter November 2019

Article by Anastasia, 17 years old

Hi Anastasia, I keep hearing a lot about body image issues – what is it all about and how can I make sure that I have a positive body image of myself? I am 14.

Body image is all about how you see yourself. Some people have positive thoughts about how they look and some don’t.

Here are some ideas on how you can have a positive self-image!

  • Don’t compare yourself to your friends or others – especially not people on social media.
  • You don’t need to look perfect – people on social media will take heaps of photos and post only the most ‘perfect’ ones. They photoshop pics as well as add filters, just like people in magazines and commercials.
  • Body image applies to both genders though some people might be more concerned than others.
  • It’s different for everyone – you can get influenced outside of social media by advertising billboards, TV and bus stop ads.
  • Even if you are not on Facebook/Instagram/Tic Toc, you still need to make sure you have a positive body image of yourself.

It’s important to have a positive self-image because it means that you feel good about yourself. And, when we feel good about ourselves this reflects in other parts of our lives from school to sports, work and even friendships!

Hi Anastasia, I am going to be in Year 7 next year at a new school – any tips?

Starting Year 7 in a new school can be quite scary – most kids that are in high school already will tell you that actually, it’s not that bad! Here are some quotes from young people:

  • “It’s not going to be what you think it will be like – it will most likely be better than what people say it is like”
  • “A lot of other people will be in the same boat as you so there is nothing to be afraid of”
  • “Try a lot of things – you are in Year 7, you have nothing to lose! Get involved in sports, leaderships and make new friends”.

If you have any questions for Anastasia please email your question to: childfriendly@monash.vic.gov.au

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Last updated: 31 October 2019