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 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!
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    Life is "Holistic" Its good to see I'm not alone in seeing that. People seem to think mental health is an absolute. Your crazy or your not. Our health is a conglomeration of every aspect of our life. Physical Mental Spiritual,Social any one effects all the others
    2144 days ago
    I remember that with the peer pressure at school, I used to say I hated what I looked like, even though I didn't!
    2144 days ago
  • FISHER011
    Thank you for sharing! I sent this link to my oldest daughter! I don't worry about my granddaughters because my DD takes good care of them & is careful with the other "F" word...
    I like the reasoning that you have about your Sons' health already & about your weight.
    You are doing amazing with Your Health & Theirs!
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    2145 days ago
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