February 1999 - Volume 2 - Issue 2
Health: How Moms Affect Body Image
About 40 percent of 9- and 10-year-old girls are trying to lose weight, reports the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. And their moms may be a big part of the reason. In studying 2,400 girls, researcher George B. Schreiber found that a girl whose mother said she weighed too much was twice as likely to diet as a girl whose mother did not comment on her daughter's size. Early dieting increases the risk that a girl will develop an eating disorder, says Schreiber, and deprives her of vital nutrients.
Five Bodywise Tips:
To help your daughter feel confident about her body and eating habits, Debra Waterhouse, R.D., author of Like Mother, Like Daughter (Hyperion) offers this advice:
For More information or to order Debra Waterhouse's book, click ~~> Like Mother, Like Daughter
June 1997;©1998 Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing. Reprinted from PARENTS magazine by permission.