Cultivating Positive Body Image in Children and Teens

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**This is a recording of a Live Presentation given at the Institute of Child Psychology’s 2021 Children’s Mental Health Conference. As it is a Live recording, please note that there may be unscheduled technical difficulties, pauses/breaks, as well as reading of comments which you may not be able to see.

Cultivating Positive Body Image in Children and Teens

Co-authors of “More Than a Body” and identical twin sisters, Lindsay & Lexie Kite, PhD, will present “Cultivating Positive Body Image in Children and Teens.” In their dynamic presentation, the Kites use original research and personal anecdotes to teach their unique approach to body image education and activism. Their work that centers on the truth that positive body image isn’t believing your body looks good, it’s knowing your body is good, regardless of how it looks. This refined definition of positive body image provides the foundation for their work to arm people with the tools to build resilience in a culture that objectifies and commodifies bodies. Whereas approaches like body positivity and body neutrality can feel impractical or unachievable in a culture that values women in particular as bodies first and people second, the Kites’ approach centers on helping people build Body Image Resilience – a practical and continuous process of facing body shame triggers and responding in strategic ways that reconnect you to your body and your greater sense of self.

The presentation will cover the ways objectification in media and cultural messaging shapes ideals and expectations about bodies and how this impacts individuals’ body image. We will explore the effects of fixation on appearance (self-objectification) on body image, self-worth, mental and physical health. Overview the Kites’ unique model for helping people build Body Image Resilience, starting with recognizing the harmful and ineffective ways people cope with body shame. Learn how to use difficult experiences with body shame as catalysts to practice new strategies for building Body Image Resilience, including strengths and skills to cope with shame in healthy, productive, and empowering ways. And lastly we will talk about what rising with Body Image Resilience looks like in real life examples and how to sustain it.


  • Gain a better understanding of positive body image in general, including the ways it has been warped in popular messaging and why cultivating and promoting positive body image is so crucial
  • Learn to identify objectification generally and self-objectification, along with the negative outcomes associated with each for individuals
  • Understand the framework for how individual body image functions – from normative discontent to disruptions that prompt increased body shame and self-objectification
  • Recognize the most common ways individuals respond to body image disruptions and how those reactions keep people in cycles of shame and harmful coping mechanisms
  • Learn practical skills for navigating body image disruptions in ways that build Body Image Resilience, including media literacy, reconnecting with your body and sense of self, redefining health and fitness in accurate and achievable ways, and the instrument/ornament paradigm shift.


  • CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION with 3.0 instructional hours & successful completion of a short quiz.
  • RESOURCESAccess to several mental health and parenting resources.
  • SUPPORT:​ Access to the institute should any questions arise.

This presentation is appropriate for parents, educators, child care professionals, caregivers, and mental health professionals.

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3 Hours



Age Group

2-17 Years

Instructor Information

Dr. Lindsay Kite and Dr. Lexie Kite

Dr. Lindsay Kite and Dr. Lexie Kite are identical twins and co-authors of the book More Than a Body: Your Body Is an Instrument, Not an Ornament (2020, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and co-directors of the nonprofit Beauty Redefined. They both received PhDs from the University of Utah in the study of female body image and have become leading experts in body image resilience and media literacy.

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