I was quoted on SheKnows.com talking about how some parents pave the way for their children’s body image issues…
Debating Where Eating Disorders Originate
More than ever before, the focus in today’s pop culture is on body image. Who’s the skinniest? Who’s the heaviest? Who has the most shapely legs? The buffest arms? The best toned abs? Teens read, see, and hear these stories — and many of them are influenced in negative ways. But is it only pop culture, or a hobby like ballet, that can create an eating disorder? Experts offer theories about what makes a teen at risk for developing an eating disorder, and what parents can do about it.
Children, starting when they are very young, are subjected to “ideal” beauty through television, magazines, the internet and Hollywood. And those who are engaged in sports or other activities, such as dance, can also pick up messages about what makes the perfect body. Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, are serious problems that can be fatal — and they can stem from body image issues. Is the media to blame, is it physical activities, or is there more to the story?
Mom and Dad
Sometimes, we as parents pave the way for our children’s body image issues. “If you think that your own preoccupation with diets and appearance has not contributed to the problem, I urge you to think again,” Carol Cottrill, certified nutritional consultant and author of The French Twist, shared with us. “Children learn most everything from their parents. The little they don’t learn from you, they pick up from the media or their friends who have been influenced ahead of them. These prevailing influences combined with the pressures of youth serve [...]