Carri - posted on 07/17/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
My nine year old daughter is very concerned with her weight and she calls herself fat all the time. I constantly tell her that she's not fat, and I try to point out differently sized actresses on TV and magazines who are beatiful so that she can see beauty comes in all sizes. Not only that but I try to emphasis the fact that how a person looks does not determine their value. Overweight people are no less valuable to society than thin people are. I tell her that although she is beautiful, it is even more important that she is smart, funny, generous, kind, creative, etc...but she still complains about her weight. Truth be told, she may be a little on the chubby side, and she wants to eat all the time. I try to limit junk food and talk about how we as a family are trying to eat healthier and be stronger. I recently joined a boot camp program but have told her repeatedly that it is not about losing weight (I don't even weigh myself) but rather about being healthy and strong. I guess in truth I am worried about how being a little chubby in this day and age can cause such issues later on. How can I help her reach a healthy weight without hurting her self-esteem? My sister has struggled with her weight her whole life and my father really picked on her for it so I don't want to repeat the same mistakes. Thanks.