Today’s topic might hit a nerve with many people. I want to first say, that I am not an eating disorder specialist in anyway, and I am not giving specific guidance. I am just sharing my experience with you.
I received an article from one of my readers and Fit Fun Bootcampers, that really hit me hard.
Eating disorders can be devastating, and cause the person to battle it their whole life. I have dealt with many clients who have had, or are still struggling with an eating disorder and just feel very overwhelmed and frustrated. From a physiological side, metabolisms seem to get so messed up when people go from a healthy weight to a very unhealthy weight and back up again. It seems like their bodies try to store as much fat as possible once they begin getting help and eating a healthier diet.
I am writing this not really because of the topic of eating disorders, but rather the example you are setting for your kids and friends. I too have been guilty of this, especially with past female college friends. I have made little comments here and there that have made them question their body image (even though I never realized it at the time).
The mom who sent me this article has two young girls and is concerned if she is sending the right messages to her daughters.
If you have been following this blog, and my views for any amount of time, you know how important family is to me, and the role it plays in the developmental process of a person. So I want to ask you a question? If you have kids, are your words and actions supporting a healthy behavior or hurting it? In your circle of friends, are you building your friends self image up or shooting it down? Are you encouraging healthy behaviors of those around you?
So what does this all mean? How can you lessen the chances your kids or friends will develop eating disorders or body image problems, or low self esteem related to their health/appearance. Here are some of my suggestions. Read More