Thursday 19 January 2017

Avoid remarks on your daughter's weight - dish out the fruit and veg instead

Published 23/06/2016 | 02:30

New research has found parents who make remarks about how their teenager looks can cause serious long-term damage (Stock picture)
New research has found parents who make remarks about how their teenager looks can cause serious long-term damage (Stock picture)

Your daughter is heading out in spray-on shorts and a belly-top which shows off all of her wobbly bits. Smile and say nothing. Never comment on your daughter's weight. New research has found parents who make remarks about how their teenager looks can cause serious long-term damage.

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The study found parents who told their daughter she was overweight could leave her unhappy with her size for the rest of her life. Women who remember their parents' comments about their weight are more likely to be fatter as adults.

Body image dissatisfaction is a risk factor for eating disorders. Girls are under enough pressure from society giving them an impossible view of what 'beautiful' is. With one click of a button, vulnerable and impressionable young girls are able to access millions of images of 'perfect-looking' people. The study, published by the 'Journal of Eating and Weight Disorders' asked over 500 women between the ages of 20 and 35 about their body image - as well as finding out how often their parents made remarks about their figures.

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