Recognising low body confidence
What are the signs of low body confidence and negative body image? A young person might seem overly focused on weight or body shape. They may complain about features such as their skin colour, or seem generally upset about their looks. You might have heard them talking about bullies at school or obsessing over images of celebrities with impossibly long limbs and Photoshopped bodies – beauty standards that are impossible to achieve.
You might think of these pressures as part of growing up – and some of them are. But when a young person doesn’t feel good about themselves, they aren’t reaching their full potential.
The fight against low self-esteem starts here
There's plenty we can do to boost young people’s self-esteem and body confidence.
We’re committed to helping girls everywhere fulfil their potential, so we’ve partnered with leading researchers and experts in the fields of psychology, health and body image to provide confidence-building tips, resources and activities. These will help you explore issues and solutions around body image and self-esteem with the young people in your life.
If you’re a teacher, check out our Dove Self-Esteem Project workshop materials, or if you lead a youth group, we’ve got specially designed resources for youth leaders. For parents, we have articles and activities to help you understand the key issues and tackle low body confidence. And if you’re an aunt, grandparent or just someone who cares about a young person, try our Mindful Me activity guide for a mindful approach to fight low self-esteem.
You'll also find answers to your questions on body confidence and low self-esteem in our frequently asked questions.