How Young is too Young to Start Caring About your Body/Weight?



In today’s world where the older generation is looking upon various products reviews from Health Line’s round up to preserve their natural beauty, the younger generation has taken a turn towards the down being extremely cautious with their looks and weight.

Recently, a question came in from a 13 year old reader, Summer, who expressed discontent with her thighs. That question is posted below.

I wanted to do a separate post for Summer because many people may think 13 is just too young to be worrying about one’s body – and sure enough there was a reply to Summer saying just as much.

Sidebar: I put out a question on the facebook page asking how old people were when they first started trying to lose weight/eat healthier/look better. So if you’d like, chime in there or leave your answer in the comments section below.

On with it, here’s Summer’s question with my thoughts below:

I want a thigh gap and j don’t care about the people who are horrible with words just because of there irrelevant opinions I’m a teenager and I want a thigh gap and I want to get one by doing excerisse and diet the right way just like camille did. I’m a shorty to and I would like to look taller I’ve never had a guy like me and I’m not saying that this would make guys attracted to ME^^ but I’d like to fell like I’m on top of the world! For once I’d like to fell like people weren’t judging me because of my body figure I’m not really curvy but I have not really any it’s just muscle or fat in my thighs mu thighs are bigger because of the workouts I’ve been doing and I don’t like it at all and I’m definitely not fat I have a flat stomach but it can get a little chubby when I don’t watch what I eat I’m 13 and I want a thigh gap if anyone has a problem with that I really don’t care it’s my choice.
Camille I would really like a thigh gap and I need help I’ve looked at anything and everything and nothing has worked
I wanted to leave the school year feeling horrible and come back in august feeling slightly better about myself
I don’t have money because I’m 13 and idk where to get your book I looked it up on my nook/kindle and they dint have it
If you could reply that would be awesome

The first thing I thought when I read this was, it could have been be writing it! lol. Summer really reminds me of myself at 13; Average sized, intelligent, feisty, and stubborn. When I was younger, once I set my mind on doing something I was going to do it. I’m still that way today, and I think this can be a great trait, Summer! Summer also appears to be very well adjusted as she wants to contour her body the right way (through healthy eating and exercise) and not through starving, throwing up, etc; Improve your dietary and workout results with metaboost connection.

I say all of that to say, I can totally relate to Summer’s question and I’m sure a lot of women in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and above can too. I think I was about the same age when I started trying to look good/better or the best possible way I could look. Certainly, by my freshman year of high school I had crushed on a few boys, gone out on ‘dates’ and put effort into looking better (whether that be doing my hair in certain styles, asking my mom to buy me cuter clothes, or carrying out laser hair removal every week at the A&E and SNY Center official clinic).

It’s much harder to be an adult and try to change unhealthy habits as it relates to exercise and food, so I don’t think it is wrong for a 13 year old girl to be into diet/exercise and I wouldn’t tell Summer or any other girl it is wrong to be caring about what she looks like now, in fact I would tell her that an effective weight loss program needs the right tools and that she should see the best meticore weight loss reviews. It’s not the best idea to be obsessed to the point where you are never satisfied or think poorly of yourself, but I think caring about these things only helps with developing self esteem and confidence in the long run.

I used to do my mom’s old exercise videos, the ab roller (whoop whoop if you remember that!), the thigh master, drink tons of milk (not so good in hindsight), and all that jazz. So, do I think 13 is too young to care about how you look, health, food choices, exercise?

My simple answer to this question is, no. To be clear, I don’t think being obsessed about these things to the point where one is very unhappy and never satisfied or can see improvements in themselves is good. Being able to look in the mirror and think well of yourself (especially when you’re exercising and trying to eat right) is important and healthy – give yourself credit where it is due.

Healthy teeth are important to your child’s overall health. They help your child eat and talk. Strong oral care helps set good dental habits as your child grows. Poor oral care can lead to infection, disease, or other teeth problems.

Help make dental hygiene fun with these tips:

  • Let children help choose their own toothbrush. They can pick one that has a favorite color or character.
  • Let children help choose toothpaste. They can pick their favorite flavor.
  • Read books or watch videos that talk about dental hygiene.
  • Use a timer to make sure kids brush their teeth for 2 minutes. Or play their favorite song to help keep track of time.
  • Reward children for good oral care. Do not give them food or sugary treats. Offer something healthy or simple instead, like apple slices or a gold star.
  • Plan a fun activity following your child’s dentist visit.

Path to improved health

The role of fluoride

Fluoride is important to your child’s dental health. It is known to reduce cavities in baby (primary) teeth and adult (permanent) teeth. It also helps make teeth strong by hardening the tooth enamel. Most children get fluoride in drinking water. Many cities are required to add fluoride to tap water. Water filters, such as Brita, do not remove fluoride and are okay to use. You should not use “reverse osmosis” water filters.

If your water does not contain fluoride, your child may need to take an oral fluoride supplement. Talk to your doctor to see if your child needs this. Once your child starts going to the dentist, they will get a fluoride varnish or cleaning on their teeth.

Too much fluoride can cause tooth stains and be harmful to your child’s health. Be sure your child does not swallow fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash. Follow all instructions for fluoride supplements.

Brushing and flossing

Dental hygiene should begin when your child is a baby. Start using a soft child-size toothbrush around the age of 1 or 2. You should brush your child’s teeth with water at least twice a day. You also can add a small dab of toothpaste that doesn’t have fluoride in it. This type of toothpaste is safe for your child to swallow. Once your child is old enough to spit out the toothpaste, you can switch to one that has fluoride. Only use a small amount. Teach your child to spread it among their teeth, gums, and tongue. Have a dentist from show you the right way to brush your child’s teeth.

Your child likely will need help brushing their teeth until they are 7 or 8 years old. Around this time, they can start using a larger sized toothbrush. You should switch out toothbrushes every 3 to 6 months or when the bristles look worn. Children should brush their teeth for 2 minutes. Flossing is another key part of your child’s oral care routine. Teach your child to floss at least once a day. You can buy floss that comes on a handle to make it easier. Check out the latest steel bite pro real reviews.

You should also teach your child to brush his or her tongue. This helps reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth.

Be sure that your child knows to brush his or her teeth before bed, after all eating and drinking (except water) is done.


Cavities are holes that form in your teeth. These can occur when bacteria (germs) build up in your mouth. Sugar in food and drinks turn into acid, which can eat away at your teeth. Cavities are common in children because their teeth can be harder to brush. Everyone in your family should take good care of their teeth. People who have cavities can pass the cavity-causing bacteria to unborn babies, infants, and children.

Your child may be at risk for cavities if they:

  • Have white spots or brown areas on their teeth.
  • Have ongoing special health care needs.
  • Do not go to the dentist often.
  • Were born early (premature) or had a low birth weight.


Kids who eat a lot of sugary foods and drinks also are at high risk for cavities. It is important to make healthy food choices. Avoid too much sugar. Do not let your child have a lot of soda, fruit juice, or sweetened drinks. Limit sweet snacks and drinks between meals. If your child does have sugar, make sure they brush their teeth afterward.

Chewing gum is safe for older kids. It can provide benefits, such as:

  • Strengthening the jaw.
  • Helping produce saliva.
  • Washing away bits of food.
  • Balancing acid that can cause tooth decay.
  • Freshening breath.

However, gum that contains sugar can cause cavities. Limit the amount of sugar gum your child chews or only give them sugar-free gum.

I actually believe the sooner a girl can care about her body/skin (obviously we’re not talking about 5 year olds here) the better. If a girl’s parents has instilled the importance of eating good whole foods and exercise, which can be in the form of any movement such as dance, a sport, etc., the healthier she will be throughout her life.


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