Wanting to Put Your Child on a Diet is a Normal Response to the Pressure from Diet Culture Messaging

No one wakes up thinking, “how can I damage my child’s health today?” Yet so many parents are pressured into wanting to restrict foods or put their children on diets. Why? To protect them from the hurt and stigma that so many people face just by living in a world that is unaccepting of people who live and eat in ways that don’t conform to diet culture’s ideal. As a parent, I know firsthand what this pressure feels like and if you’re feeling this way, I want you to know that you’re not alone.

What’s Wrong With Diets and Food Restriction When it Comes to Children?

The biggest impact that food restriction and diets have on children is that they grow up into adults who do not trust themselves or their bodies. They have an in-built belief that their body is broken and needs fixing, so they keep searching for the “solution” that will help them finally fix their broken bodies. This often results in an increased risk for eating disorders, unhealthy weight-control behaviors, poor self-esteem and body image, poor mental and emotional health, and the continued generational cycle of diet culture. The best way to combat this is to help children build healthy habits for life without dieting.

This is why in this episode, I’m sharing simple ways to help children build healthy habits for life without dieting.

Here’s What You Need to Know to Help Your Children Build Healthy Habits for Life Without Dieting:

  • Why when it comes to your child, wanting to restrict foods or put them on a diet is normal
  • How my childhood experience with food impacted many areas of my life, including my parenting
  • The dangerous impacts of diets and food restriction on children
  • 5 ways you can help your child build healthy habits…and they don’t involve dieting

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