February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month!

February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month.  Increasingly, teens seem to be at the forefront of any discussion involving self-esteem.  Here are 11 facts you may not know about Teens and Self Esteem:

  1. Low self-esteem is a thinking disorder in which an individual views him/herself as inadequate, unworthy, unlovable, and/or incompetent. Once formed, this negative view of self permeates every thought, producing faulty assumptions and ongoing self-defeating behavior.
  2. Among high school students, 44 percent of girls and 15 percent of guys are attempting to lose weight.
  3. Over 70 percent of girls age 15 to 17 avoid normal daily activities, such as attending school, when they feel bad about their looks.
  4. More than 40 percent of boys in middle school and high school regularly exercise with the goal of increasing muscle mass.
  5. 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating. This compares to 25 percent of girls with high self-esteem.
  6. About 20 percent of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood.
  7. Teen girls that have a negative view of themselves are four times more likely to take part in activities with boys that they’ve ended up regretting later.
  8. The top wish among all teen girls is for their parents to communicate better with them. This includes frequent and more open conversations.
  9. 38 percent of boys in middle school and high school reported using protein supplements and nearly 6 percent admitted to experimenting with steroids.
  10. 7 in 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members.
  11. A girl’s self-esteem is more strongly related to how she views her own body shape and body weight, than how much she actually weighs.

Luckily, YOU can help!  We tracked down this handy-dandy article with tips to boost the self-esteem of a teen in your life! http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/parenting/tweens-teens/7-ways-to-help-build-your-teen%E2%80%99s-self-esteem

*11 facts about teen self-esteem source http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-teens-and-self-esteem