Lisamarie - posted on 03/11/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )
We all know obesity is on the rise and anorexia has always been among us but how do we decide which one to protect our children from??
Of course, we as parents try our best to feed our children healthy foods and maybe the odd treat of "fatty" foods but in a society where everyone is obsessed with our children not getting fat are we neglecting the needs of the anorexic??
I tell my children they are beautiful everyday and sure I have the odd lumpy bumpy bits after two children but I would never put myself down in front of them or anyone else. But in a media ridden world we can't protect our children forever and soon enough they are going to clock on that it's not good to be (what they assume is) fat.
The reason I bring this up is something I saw on TV about 10 year old girls having their photos taken and airbrushed to 10 different pictures, their bodies skinnier in each photo and they ALL chose the skinniest picture as their favourite. They proceded to say that they didn't want to be fat (size 12 according to them) and fat people shouldn't wear make up because they are ugly and shouldn't try to get noticed!!
Is this a case of misguided parenting or media twisting our childrens mind that skinny is better???