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Perceptions about Body Image Linked to Increased Alcohol, Tobacco Use for Teens – Findings provide support for increased body-image awareness to improve overall health

‘Perceptions about Body Image Linked to Increased Alcohol, Tobacco Use for Teens – Findings provide support for increased body-image awareness to improve overall health’, http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2017/0621-perceptions-about-body-image-linked-to-increased-alcohol-tobacco-use-for-teens/, University of Missouri (June 21, 2017)

Positive body image

Understanding the relationship means that interventions and policies aimed at improving body image among teenage populations might improve overall health. (…) The researchers found that perceived size and attractiveness were significantly related to substance use. (…) While poor body image disproportionately affects females, (…) findings indicate that body image also impacts young males. (…) Attractiveness may be associated with popularity, which is related to increased alcohol use. (…) Schools and health providers need to be aware of body shaming language and correct such behavior to help children identify with positive body image messages.

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