Moms of Tweens and Teens

Cultivating A Positive Body Image In Our Boys / Interview with Dr. Charlotte Markey

August 23, 2022 Episode 56
Moms of Tweens and Teens
Cultivating A Positive Body Image In Our Boys / Interview with Dr. Charlotte Markey
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Show Notes

Dr. Charlotte Markey is a world-leading expert in body image research, having studied all things body image, eating behavior, and weight management for her entire adult life. She is passionate about understanding what makes us feel good about our bodies and helping people to develop a healthy body image. Charlotte loves to share her body image wisdom with others and is an experienced book author, blogger, and professor at Rutgers University, Camden. 

In our interview today, I talk with Dr. Markey about her book, “Being You: The Body Image Book for Boys.” We discuss the pressure boys feel to be athletic and muscular and the physical and mental impact this has on our boys. What can we do about it to raise our boys with a healthy self-image?  

Let’s dive in!

What you will learn:

  • The different concerns boys have than girls regarding their bodies. 
  • Some of the common struggles and challenges boys have with their body image.  
  • What pressures are boys under right now concerning their weight?
  • Myths about boys' development.
  • What does body image really mean? And why is it important to talk about it with our boys?
  • What are some of the messages boys internalize that they aren't necessarily talking about regarding their bodies?
  • What is the cause for the rise in body dissatisfaction in boys, from eating disorders to bulking up? 
  • The rise in eating disorders in boys since the pandemic. 
  • How to talk to your sons about their body image and self-acceptance. 
  • Can moms just talk to their sons about this issue like fathers? 

Where to find Dr. Markey:

Website & “Being You” Book:



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