non diet approach helps prevent body shame and negative body image

Kids and Body Shame: Preventing Disordered Eating with Non-diet Approach

As parents, we have to be SO careful about the behaviors we demonstrate in front of children. Kids absorb everything around them, and even subtle diet rules and body shame will seep into their brains, and they will mimic it. We have to do our best to show kids that no foods are “bad”, and that all bodies deserve respect. If we diet in front of our children, we show them that they shouldn’t trust their bodies, and that food is out to get them. Instead, we should be showing them how to trust their internal cues, and to always put their needs above societal expectations.

Non-diet for kids to prevent body image issues

 

Kids’ Bodies are Ever Changing

As a growing kid, lots of body changes are going to be taking place for your child! This is to be celebrated, rather than micromanaged. If you feel as if maybe your kid’s weight is getting higher than it “should” be, stop for a second! Think about this: do you want them to end up restricting their food, and potentially developing disordered eating habits? Do you want them to be obsessed with what they put in their mouths, and worried about disappointing you if their weight goes up? Navigating body size in your children can be hard. Trust me, I know! We don’t want them to be bullied or to struggle. But it’s important that no matter what, the home is a SAFE space, not a place where they are made to feel ashamed of their size. If you try to intervene, it’s likely to not only make the problem worse, but it will also probably have a negative impact on your relationship with your child. No one wants that!

Be a Role Model for  Your Kids!

Interested in making peace with food, learning more about intuitive eating, rejecting the diet mentality, and finally living your life without obsessing over your weight? As a registered dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor with over 20 years of experience, I bring you the Intuitive Eating Basics 101: Finding Food Peace and Body Freedom Forever online course. Start your journey today!

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