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My friends want me to be skinny so I've started skipping breakfast to lose weight.

Question : My friends are forcing me to become skinny to be part of their friends group. I want to be in that group but at the same time I’m not sure I’m capable of this. I’ve started skipping breakfast so I can lose weight. What do I do?   Teentalker , 14-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

How we see our bodies or as we call it “Body Image” becomes important to us as we go through puberty. As a young adolescent, it can make you self-critical as ‘the self’ is under constant evaluation. It is unhealthy to get your body to become thinner than what your body’s natural requirement or need is. Here are a few active ways to deal with this:

  • No one can force you to do something you are not ready to do. So stand up for what you believe in.
  • Try to focus on your positive traits. When you focus on what.....

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