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Why should I nurture my child's healthy self-esteem?

Although it’s hard to measure low self-esteem in a scientific sense, studies show that it is a risk factor for suicide, suicide attempts, depression, teenage pregnancy, and eating disorders. Other factors may be present in all of these situations, but your child’s self-esteem may be the factor most controllable by you. For example, researchers have found that three factors contribute to an eating disorder: low self-esteem, media messages that thin is in and dieting to excess.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

When kids start going on TV binges or devouring fistfuls of cookies, it's easy to say, "They'll grow out of it." More likely, they're acquiring bad habits that could lead to childhood obesity and...

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