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“Mirror, mirror on the wall!

Some can’t get enough of looking at themselves in the mirror, while others don’t want to get near it even at a one-meter distance. Not only do they not want to approach it, but if they happen to be close to it, the list of shortcomings and incurable problems begins. Thick thighs, thin thighs, small nose, big nose, freckles, protruding ears, and a whole lot more.

It’s particularly interesting to think that a characteristic that someone considers a disadvantage, someone else may not even notice if it’s not considered a particular feature!

Up until now, teenage girls and women later on were the best “consumer” audience for various beauty secrets. Masks, creams, colognes, and of course, all kinds of diets. Meat only, no meat, with soup, the starvation diet, and many more. All this resulted, besides the underlying relationship a girl, especially in her teens, developed with her body, in a torturous relationship with food. A plethora of magazine diets and nutrition plans, as if all bodies have the same needs. A situation that often leads to some form of eating disorder. And there’s the eager consumer, who instead of loving herself and trying to maintain her health, physically and mentally, will chase a bunch of magic potions that will transform her into an ideal according to beauty standards!

But now that the standards are changing and suddenly men also have a bunch of flaws, a new path has opened up in the market. Proteins, supplements, and other goodies that will give you the ripped muscles and the body every woman wants to see. Now teenage boys, as well as young men thereafter, are the new target who should feel discomfort with their bodies.

Now, especially, we need to be more suspicious than ever. Pay more attention to teenagers when they negatively comment on their bodies and the changes they want to make. In the awkward age when they’re trying to find their footing, they don’t need another suggestion (hint) on what to improve about themselves. Emphasize their positives and help them become adults who will have a healthy relationship with food and, by extension, their bodies.

If, despite all this, you see that something isn’t right or that the teenager’s relationship, or your own, with your body and food isn’t what it should be, don’t hesitate to seek help from a mental health specialist. We owe it to ourselves to have a good relationship with our bodies, as it’s the longest relationship we’ll ever have.”

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