I was recently quoted in this US News article, How to Teach Children to Love Their Bodies.
MOST WOMEN ARE UNHAPPY with their bodies, according to research. But it’s not just adults who take issue with the size or shape of their bodies. Increasingly, studies indicate that kids, too, struggle with body dissatisfaction, or having negative thoughts and perceptions about their bodies, which raises their risk for the development of eating disorders, depression and low self-esteem.
“The other day my 9-year-old daughter came in the kitchen and told my husband and I that her legs were fat,” Danya Arnold, a 35-year-old mom of three and dietitian from Bryant, Arkansas, told me. “I was so caught off guard. I told her she is perfectly made and healthy.”
“One of the best things any parent can do for their child is to teach them the phrases ‘all bodies are good bodies’ and ‘there’s nothing wrong with fat,'” Scritchfield says.