-More concern about body image, looks, and clothes.
-Focus on self, going back and forth between high expectations and lack of confidence.
-More interest in and influence by peer group.
-Less affection shown toward parents. May sometimes seem rude or short-tempered.
-Anxiety from more challenging school work.
-Eating problems sometimes start at this age. For information on healthy eating and exercise for children and teenagers, visit http://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/