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August 01, 2011

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Mónica

Really usefull Rosie, hope it will help...

Rosie Scribble

Thanks so much Monica!

Jody Brettkelly

This is a really helpful post as I notice even girls at 10 here at comparing weight and what they eat...

Rosie Scribble

Thanks Jody. It's worrying isn't it? My daughter is eight now and it concerns me that she will start becoming self-conscious about her size even though she has no need to.

Ross Mannell

A good list of points on anorexia. Body image concerns me as a teacher and part time carer for an 11 year old girl (& her younger brother). She has been called fat. We looked at her BMI and she is in the normal range for her age. I have said she should point this out. She doesn't have an eating disorder but it is a concern when children face pressure to conform to some artificial standard. Let kids be kids.

Ali

This is fantastic advice Rosie, so calm, kind and practical.

It is such a huge issue facing children today both my two struggle with weight even though they eat a balanced diet. It is a worry that the pressure is so high on them.

As you point out even those who don't need to worry seem to and are just as likely to be affected by eating disorders.

I have noticed at senior schools they cover lots of topics like eating disorders, drugs, alcohol etc but what they never seem to work on is self esteem. Personally I think that if the concentrated on building self esteem there would less of the above, and also less problems with bullying etc.

Maybe that is a idealistic thought but my head says it just makes sense.

Rosie Scribble

Thanks Ross. It's horrible isn't it when other children throw around words like 'fat'. They can certainly be very wounding. Kids are under such pressure these days, as you say, and often they don't realise that the majority of images they see are air-brushed so can never be achieved anyway. As Ali mentions in her comment, the real cause of eating disorders is low self-esteem so as long as your daughter (and son) have plenty of that, they should be able to overcome anything and see these nasty comments for what they are.

Rosie Scribble

Ali, you have hit the nail on the head perfectly. The real issue here is self-esteem and you are exactly right when you say if we concentrated on building that then children would face fewer problems. I really think it is an area that attention should be focussed on.

Thankfully that's one thing we can do as parents - boost our children's self-esteem from a very young age so they don't fall victim to eating disorders and so life's knocks don't hit them so hard.

Deep down they will know they are okay and will accept themselves for who they are, regardless of their size or shape. Thanks so much for commenting.

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