Sorry for the lack of posts recently.
I have been extremely busy but will get back into the hang of things very soon!
I am a huge fan of Kate Winslet; always have been but since reading the quote in the above image about creating a positive body image for children, I love her even more.
I admire her talent but most of all I admire the way she treats her body with respect and doesn’t cave into the unhealthy celebrity habits.
It absolutely terrifies me to see young girls being diagnosed with eating disorders and having a negative body image. The age groups for children being affected are getting younger each year.
The days are gone when the only thing you had to worry about when you were eight years old was what Barbie you were going to bring to “show and tell”.
I was actually told last week that eight year olds don’t play with Barbies anymore, they are far too old for that. I am still in shock.
I can’t say I am all that surprised. Everywhere you look there are images of photo-shopped models.
Every second advert on TV is about a new diet or a diet product to try.
The majority of movies have a token fat person that everyone picks on.
Music videos are just soft porn.
And the one thing girls do best when we get together is talk about weight loss and diet.
These are just a few examples of what young children have around them on a daily basis.
I’m not a mother. I do however want to be a mother one day and it breaks my heart to think that my daughter (or son) will be around all of these unhealthy messages.
I understand that we can’t eliminate every negative image and message from kids these days, but I do know that parents have the biggest influence on kids.
I too, have never heard one woman say “I am proud of my body”. I have heard a million times what they hate about their body but never anything that they are proud of.
I don’t blame my mum for never saying that she is proud of her body. My history of my eating disorder didn’t evolve from her. She isn’t one who fixates on her body. In fact I admire the way she has never stressed too much about it.
But I never heard her (or anyone else) say that they were proud of what they had.
Perhaps because we all didn’t want to seem “full of ourselves”.
I once remember my brother saying how awesome his muscles were and we all laughed and told him he had a big head. I can now see why we never spoke about what we liked about ourselves.
Kids have forgotten how to be kids. I see toddlers wearing clothes just like mummy and demanding baby cinnos.
We all give complements to little girls about their appearance. A child shouldn’t care about their appearance! They shouldn’t worry about their figure because they don’t have a figure to watch.
At work, I am around young kids all the time. For a few months I have been mindful of what I say around little girls. I never comment or compliment them on their appearance. I have told them that they are very important and that they have a big heart. I have told them that they can achieve anything they want in life and you know what, their smile was larger than ever and their spirits were high without talking about body image.
I would love to know your thoughts on this.
Did your parent’s relationship with their bodies affect yours?
Be kind to yourself,