Weight and Body Image

Mother, Daughter, Grandmother Smiling Body Image and Your Kids

DHHS. Office on Women’s Health.

Learn how parents' attitudes about their own bodies and eating can affect kids' attitudes and body image. Discover how to promote a healthy body image.


Composite picture of teen soccer player, food, and scale Body Mass Index: About BMI for Children and Teens

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Explains how Body Mass Index (BMI) is used differently in children than in adults and provides information on calculating and interpreting BMI for children and teens.


BAM! Body and Mind - Your Body

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Online destination for kids that provides information on how they can take care of their bodies.


Helping Kids Fight Obesity: Best Online Info Sources (PDF | 778 KB)

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Selected by a Nutrition.gov registered dietitian, a review of the best Web resources that help kids avoid obesity by encouraging healthy habits and behaviors.


Helping Your Overweight Child

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Information for parents to help their children develop a healthy body image and learn healthy eating and physical activity habits. Also in PDF|2.2 MB.


Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers!

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Provides information on weight control, physical activity, healthy food choices and dietary guidelines for adolescents. Also in PDF|1 MB.


Anorexia Nervosa

DHHS. OWH. National Women's Health Information Center.

Provides answers to frequently asked questions about anorexia. Also links to information on bulimia and binge eating disorder, and to other organizations for more resources on eating disorders. Also in PDF|200 KB.


Healthy Youth! Health Topics: Childhood Overweight

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Provides facts about overweight among young people, including several statistics, and information on determining the body mass index of children and adolescents as well as strategies for healthy eating and including physical activity.


Girlshealth.gov Body Mass Index Calculator

DHHS. OWH. National Women's Health Information Center.

Provides a BMI calculator for girls ages 10-16, and offers instructions on how to interpret the results.


Your Feelings: Young Women's Thoughts on Body Image

DHHS. OWH. National Women's Health Information Center.

Hear real young women talk about their thoughts on body image. Watch them speak their minds in movie clips, or read what they say.


BodyWise Handbook

DHHS. OWH. National Women's Health Information Center.

Provides information for grown-ups, including health care providers and school personnel, on detecting eating disorders and teaching healthy body image and healthy eating behaviors.


Your Feelings: Body Image

DHHS. OWH. National Women's Health Information Center.

Provides information on body image for teen girls. Encourages positive messages about body image.


Weighty Issues for Kids: Taking Aim at Childhood Obesity

NIH. Word on Health.

Discusses reasons for the rising obesity rates in children, and provides resources and suggestions for helping them maintain a healthy weight.