Interesting article about "the other F word"
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Having had some real disordered eating/exercising behaviors of very different kinds throughout my life, I really want to raise my sons to feel good about their bodies and their health without worrying whether they are "fat" or whether they weigh too much or whether the food they're eating is "bad." It might be hard to figure out how to do that as a parent, but I will do my best. (I think there will be a whole lot of "If you eat these fruits and vegetables and whole grains and whatnot, they'll make you healthy and strong like Daddy!" Heck, and Mommy too. I plan to get back to my previous level of fitness after they're born!) But it certainly seems like everyone, not JUST kids, can really benefit from approaching health without focusing on BMI and weight and so forth...so I really liked this article from that perspective too.
And good god, I remember the horrible days of elementary/middle school, when kids would ask each other what they weighed and I would feel just terrible about myself and live in fear that someone would ask me and then die inside whenever someone did. Ugh. I am glad that schools care about kids' health, but there's a mental health component in there too because weight is a complicated issue involving not just health but social status/stigma/prejudice.
Anyways. Bring on the non-scale-based discussions of health!