I get regularly get asked about how parents can help foster positive body image in their kids and I understand why they are asking, girls are hating their bodies and dieting as early as age nine, with majority on a diet by high school and eating disorders are on the rise. So this is what I recommend in order of importance, because like most everything else in parenting (insert eye roll), do as I say, not as I do just doesn’t cut it here.
It is common for people who want to change their bodies to think about what life would be like when they arrive at their goal weight. Buy cuter clothes, start dating, go after a job or promotion, go back to school, be a better (parent/partner/lover). Have you ever stopped to wonder what you could achieve in life if you didn’t diet?
The weather is warmer, the reigns of quarantine are loosening up, there are places that you can actually go to, and you are giving the side eye to those jeans that you have not adorned in months and are thinking… “I’ve gotta lose a few pounds before I start wearing clothes in public again.”