A 55-year-old female asked:
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my 11 year old grand daughter is 4 9 and 85 1 2 pounds and thinks she needs to lose weight because her friends tell her she needs to what should i do ?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
44 years experience Clinical Psychology
Body image issues: She is too young for such worries ... Are there other family issues going on? Parental conflict? A parent with similar issues? If you think its a passing concern, reinforcing her self-esteem would be helpful. If you think this may be a serious problem, consider counseling with a therapist with expertise in this area. Better to deal with this now than when she is 17 and anorexic or bulimic!
Answered on May 10, 2016

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