I don’t often post stuff about what our daughters are seeing because I don’t want to make you feel more guilty than you probably do already but I feel really strongly about how the ‘diet’ and ‘wellness’ industries are still manipulating our daughters under the guise of ‘body confidence’. 😡
❓Have you checked your daughter’s Instagram feed recently? Know the kind of stuff she’s seeing on You Tube?
There are lots of ‘influencers’ on Social Media, who, with the help of personal trainers and personal chefs or even just by not being honest about their personal habits are ‘selling’ the myth that to be worthy you have to be thin.
It may be couched in the idea that thin = healthy ( 💩bullshit alert!) and it’s definitely shrouded in the idea that thin = attractive.
Are your kids watching the Kardashians with their fat shaming and obsessive behaviours?
Or are they watching and listening to you, talking about your thighs, your wobbly tummy or the fact that you ‘could do to lose a couple of pounds’?
This has to stop. ⛔️ Our girls are more at risk of developing eating disorders than ever before and they are much more likely to die from an eating disorder than from obesity. FACT.
And do you know the best way to teach your daughters to love their bodies and to develop healthy (but not necessarily weight or fat loss) behaviours? To learn about it and model it for yourself.
YOU still have a massive impact on them. I still have open, candid and informative conversations with my 17 year old when she’s telling me about her friends on diets and we talk about her food choices and health behaviours without judgement, fat shaming or media misinformation.
If you openly reject fat shaming and promote body confidence (at whatever size you are and she is) then you are setting her up for a better chance in life.
And if you really want to protect her mental and physical health, never, ever suggest that she goes on a diet.
Rachel xoxo ❤️