By: Alison Ross, LMFT, CEDS
Parents, the diet industry spends millions every year to promote body insecurity in us and our kids. This generates billions in profits for them when we and our kids/teens obsess over weight and purchase stuff to try to meet their unrealistic standards.
A recent survey found that almost two-thirds of parents reported their children feeling self-conscious about their appearance, which is one example of the industry's effectiveness.
Body insecurity often leads kids to diet or dangerously restrict their nutrition. This pits them against their biology, setting them up for eating disorders and more profound eating, weight, and body image struggles.
But we can prevent the diet industry from turning our kids into piggy banks and making them sick by creating a body-positive environment at home that avoids weight shaming, fat talk, and diets.
Today I'm sharing a great article about this written by licensed social worker, Danielle Aubin. Check it out below:
Creating a Body Positive Home by Danielle Aubin, LCSW