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Preschoolers form body images -- but parents are unaware, study says

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Preschoolers may express awareness about body-image issues -- but their parents may miss opportunities to promote positive body-image formation in their children because parents believe them to be too young to have these concerns, new research suggests.University of Illinois eating disorders and body-image expert Janet Liechty, who led the study, said young children are forming their body images -- positive or negative -- far earlier than many parents expect and largely outside of parental awareness.
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