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Mothers and Body Image: The Impact On Our Children

“And I said to my body softly, “I want to be your friend” It took a long breath and replied, “I have been waiting my whole life for this” Nayyirah Raheed

It’s what I have been trying to share with my clients for nearly twenty years. Today, we are talking about body image, particularly body image of moms.

Join Lisa Druxman in this very raw episode where she shares her own body image issues and how she hopes to help you find peace with your body.

Did You Know...

Approximately 7 million girls and women struggle with eating disorders

42% of elementary school students between the 1st and 3rd grades want to be thinner

80% of children who are ten years old are afraid of being fat

51% of 9 and 10 year old girls feel better about themselves if they are on a diet

Attitudes toward body image are formed early in life, probably earlier than you ever realized. It's up to us as parents to start our children off with strong self image and to combat the pressures from the media. Our own unresolved issues about weight and body image may inadvertently contribute to the pressure on our daughters. The way you speak and act with your own body will have a definite impact on your daughter. Women don’t just decide to hate their bodies. We teach them to.

One of the reasons for FIT4MOM’s popularity nationwide is that moms are wanting to be a healthy role model for their children. You might not realize however how important your own body image is to your daughter's future. Our talk and behaviors greatly influence our children, especially our daughters. We may take for granted how much they take in, even at a young age

So how can we help them if we have yet to help ourselves? Here are some things you can do to practice healthy body image in your home.

* Keep negative feelings about your own body to yourself.

* Be proud of your body and all it can do. Focus on function!

* Take compliments when they are given to you!

* Stay away from diets. Let your daughters see you eat a healthy and balanced diet every day. Time and time again, the clients who tell me that their children are poor eaters are the worst eaters themselves. Your daughters need to see you eat.

* Model healthy exercise behavior. By taking your kids to Stroller Strides, you are showing your kids that exercise is important to you and that it's fun!

* Don't let your daughter hear you discussing your weight or dieting. Be very careful about conversations with friends. They hear more than you realize!

* Try not to hide your body from your daughter. Be proud of your curves. Being open about your body shows your daughter that you are comfortable and that there's nothing to be ashamed of.

* Be careful of the media. Choose your television programs and magazines carefully. Images of waif models and extreme makeovers send definite messages to your daughter about what she should look like.

What we won’t do for ourselves, we will do for our children. It’s time to start accepting our bodies.

If this episode touched you. I thank you for sharing it. I thank you for sharing your story. I thank you for daring to embrace the body you have.

Links for today’s episode:

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