48 GoodLifeFamilyMag.com MARCH APRIL 2016 Too Sexy Too Soon Kids are constantly exposed to sexual images and behaviors devoid of emotions attachment or consequences. The result is what Diane Levin and Jean Kilbourne describe as the sexualization of childhood in the book So Sexy So Soon Ballantine Books 2008. From low-cut tops for girls to sagging waistlines for boys our teens tweens and even young children seek to dress in adult ways. Our kids want to dress in ways adults consider sexually provocative before they even understand what the word sexy means. For those of us who are concerned possibly even offended are we being too old-fashioned No harm no foul With kids raised in a sexualized culture we risk creating a generation of young people whose value comes from their physical appearance and sex appeal rather than from their own internal sense of self-worth. They learn how to look and act in ways that shock adults and see their parents as un-cool for not being supportive. High school students grinding at dance parties let alone twelve-year-olds posting flirty selfies have a hard time understanding why we make it a big deal. Medically speaking this sexualization can plant the seeds of eating disorders body dysmorphia anxiety promiscuity and even relationship violence. The blurring of boundaries between childhood and adulthood can derail By Dr. Susan Sugerman and Dr. Kwabena Blankson We risk creating a generation of young people whose value comes from their physical appearance and sex appeal rather than from their own internal sense of self-worth. - Dr. Susan Sugerman adolescent medical physician and founder of Girls to Women Health and Wellness From a very early age our children are bombarded with graphic messages about sexiness. From the clothing marketed to pre- teens to video games music and the media our children get the message that beingcoolmeans being sexy.