It is so hard while we are dieting or self-conscious of our own weight to not unconsciously make our children think they are fat too.
But according to this study, “children whose parents perceived their weight as being ‘overweight’, as opposed to ‘about the right weight’, gained more weight”.
So a good idea is to focus on the food rather than the weight.
The less you comment on your daughter’s weight, the less likely she is to be dissatisfied with her weight as an adult, according to a new study.
If you are concerned, this study says:
“Generally, we found that for the daughters who were being encouraged to lose weight by their mothers, outcomes were worse if their mothers were not also discussing their own weight concerns,” Hillard said. “The daughters who were being encouraged to lose weight but whose moms were not also discussing their own weight concerns were more at risk for development of disordered eating, based on the higher scores on measures of dieting behavior and drive for thinness they reported in eighth grade.”
Frankly, I think this advice is ageless.
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