Studies show body image struggles often begin around the age of six. Maybe it’s because we grow up here in America with so many Barbie Dolls, mirrors and general focus on what we look like. Many of us also develop negative Body Images because our moms had one and that’s what we grew up with. Sometimes the stress of the Holidays like Thanksgiving can be just enough to trigger you to start ping ponging between eating enough to not eating or anything in between. We want to enjoy the Holidays without letting our health go sideways, but that’s easier said that done at times, right?
What is the hardest thing for you about your body image, food and the holidays?
Body Image. It’s something most of us struggle with at some point in our lives. In fact, 91 % of women are unhappy with their bodies. It seems these days girls are starting to battle the negative body image thoughts at younger ages. Experts agree mom’s have the most impact over their daughter’s body image.
In speaking with their daughters mom’s are encouraged not to bring words like “diet” and “weight” into conversations.
My daughter is only 6 and already telling me what she wants her body to look like when she grows up. We discussed it will look like it’s supposed to for her. Then I explained that how we look on the outside isn’t really the most important thing, but it’s how we love everyone no matter what they look like. Also, we must love ourselves.
I used my own stretched out belly to show her how we all can look different but we’re still human and can love each other. This is where it all begins… it begins at home.