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  • A timely article.
  • interesting article. I have two daughters and I think about this a lot. I always thought I was overweight growing up, and when I look back now I was so wrong. I don't want them to go through the same thing.
    The best want to help children love their bodies is to first tell them that you love them as they are. Hug and kiss them. Let them know that no matter what anyone else says, they are perfect as they are.
  • Don't try to get your children to eat more if they are underweight. I can tell you from experience that when young people are encouraged to eat more because they are small or thin, they will often end up overdoing. I was thin, small, etc. and my mother kept pushing food at me. I am almost 200 now after several years of trying to lose the extra weight. I did end up at over 240 at one time. Once a person starts growing up, they can often get to their ideal weight anyway. Also had a friend who was underweight when younger and couldn't get the weight off once she was older. She put on weight under a doctor's direction. Just don't push either way telling them that the way their bodies are isn't right. It's bad whether over or under weight to have people, including your own family laughing at you.
    This is a great article and I agree with everything that was said but I'm disappointed that setting a good example as a parent was not included in this. I realize the focus was on how to deal with the media's influence but I still feel that what you say around your kids about yourself is the most important way to help your children with their self image and self esteem.
  • 1KADDY
    Assessments done by schools 'to meet state requirements' are also a form of bullying and guilty of creating a bad body image. Their charts for borderline obese and obese BMIs are not realistic. Children come home crying more often than not. And it leaves parents scratching their heads and trying to pick up the pieces.
  • Nice article. Makes me think.

    I have a daughter who is underweight... not overweight. We sometimes joke with her about "being in a car-seat until she goes for a driving test". She already knows about dieting from watching me, but this started before all of that.

    I gave up trying to get her to eat for a long time. Even as a baby, she would go days without eating and the pediatricians repeatedly said that "she will eat when she is hungry".

    I am just going to get healthy foods. I figure that the few times that she eats, at least she will be getting something nutritious.
  • The challenge I have is my diet is warping HIS perceptions of normal. He'll say things like "Oh, I cant eat that because I'm watching my fat grams." And YES we have had the talk about "no foods are off limits, some foods are just treat foods." And there is NOTHING wrong with his body. He is FINE.
  • Interesting article, but I respectfully disagree about not sheltering your children from the media. Especially when we are talking about children aged 8-11. There is no reason they have to be leafing through 17 magazine, or watching a super model documentary on Bravo. Parents need to monitor their children and can control what goes on in their own home.
    Good article. I have a son who has always been smaller than his age-mates, but at age 14 he started growing and bulking up and eating TONS so he thought he was getting heavy. I used the BMI calculator here in the SP Resources to show him he is at the perfect weight for his height. That really opened his eyes and he's relaxed about himself and accepted himself.
  • I think one of the most important points was a little buried in the article: watch what you say about your own body and perceived shortcomings around your kids. When your kids are young, they model their behavior more on their parents than on anything they see or hear in the media. When you say things like "I hate my hips" or "my thighs are fat" or indicate that you feel guilty over a handful of chips or a piece of cake, your kids absorb that information. They associate being fat with being ugly and feeling worthless and start to view foods as bad or forbidden.

    If you want to raise kids with good self-esteem, work on your own!
  • Good information for ANYONE, not just parents or children.
    The recommendations would work for anyone wanting to live a healthy life, lose weight, or develop a better body image.
    Well done!
  • Actually, this is a great article for adults too... I'm actually going to do quite a few of those things on the list...if not all of them!
  • Very good article. Thanks!
  • This was a really good article and I will defintely pass this on to my cousin. She is dealing with weight issues at 13, she doesn't look like the rest of the girls in her class and I'm sure this has to be hard. I always try to encourage self-love and self-appreciation because if she can't love & appreciate herself then she won't expect that from others outside of family.

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