The constant presence of diet recommendations, health food fads, Instagram fitness posts, and pressure to be perfect bombards us all with messages and images that shape beliefs about health, beauty and self-worth. Research demonstrates 40% of elementary school girls wish to be thinner with this percentage rising in middle and high school. Negative body image is linked to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety and eating disorders. Learn about the factors impacting body image development and the relationship between body image, self-esteem, anxiety, mood and eating disorders. Methods for navigating harmful messages and images common in our culture will be taught and practiced. Attendees will come away with tools for talking with their children about these important topics and techniques for fostering healthy body image in today’s challenging environment. The presentation is appropriate for parents, grandparents, and other involved adults of students in grades K-8.