Bree Abbott of Murdoch University raises some interesting and insightful advice in her article for The Conversation, Teaching girls to prioritise function over form for better body image. Essentially, Abbott hypothesises that one potential cause for the increase in body dissatisfaction among adolescent girls is that girls stop focusing on what their bodies can do (run, jump, climb) and begin focusing on what their body is (bluntly put, an aesthetic object). The purpose of this post is not to rant about the objectification of young women, but to point out research that suggests girls who can redirect their focus on body function (through participation in sporting and physical activity) are more likely to feel satisfied with their bodies. Abbot suggests that the message that girls should love their bodies as they are are well-meaning but still put the spotlight on appearance. The addition of functional body education and increased participation in physical activities such as organised sport may be the key to critically challenging body image issues.