I have read that girls have the exact same accelerating self esteem as children as do boys and then when they hit middle school, their self esteem falls plummets like a stone, mainly related to their body image. Eating disorders start in middle school. Their self esteem starts to climb back up as they work thru high school but it rarely gets back to where it was as a child. Apparently boys don't have this issue as much although that is changing. Curiously I have read tht girls get their self esteem from their fathers image of them to a great degree. I am sure this is different for a lot of women but does this ring true to you ladies here? And is any of your self esteem connected to body image for you?