The way your child views herself—her self-esteem or self-image—plays a large role in her own personal development. According to KidsHealth.org, her self-esteem is a source of protection from the trials and tribulations of the world. As a parent, it’s your job to help your child learn to respect herself and view herself in a positive manner, which is why it’s important for you to understand exactly what causes poor self-image and how it can affect your child and her behavior. Your child is highly susceptible to the opinions and feelings of her peers, advises KidsHealth. If she does not meet her friends’ standards regarding what is cool or popular at the moment, it may affect her self-image in a negative way. If her peers do not accept her appearance, she may change her behavior regarding health and start starving herself, throwing up after eating, or calling herself fat and other unhealthy adjectives.
Source: Tiffany Raiford, Demand Media