Studies have shown children as young as five don’t like their bodies. How can we counteract such trends, experts say it begins at home, and it begins with positive discussion. Researchers say be on the lookout for negative stereotypes in the media your children are being exposed to.
When you do see those stereotypes, challenge them. And ban quote “fat talk” in your household, display a positive attitude about your own physical self, experts say that will rub off on your children.
Discuss health and healthy habits, not weight. Talk about how great you feel when you eat right for example.
No matter what, children are going to hear harmful body talk somewhere.
Prepare your young ones with role playing where they give responses like “i don’t care what she looks like, she’s friendly, and that’s what matters to me!”