Tips to help children have a healthy relationship with food
- Stop weighing yourself - Throw out the scales if necessary. If your child sees you weighing yourself constantly, he/she will begin to wonder why it is so important.
- Limit access to unrealistic imagery - If possible, look to restrict the amount of access your child has to material that promotes unrealistic ideals of beauty.
- Talk about nutritional value, not calorie content - Rather than discussing how food will impact weight, concentrate on the way food nourishes the body.
- Encourage exercise for health, not vanity - Rather than exercising to look thinner, encourage exercise as a way to keep healthy.
- Don't criticise the way you look - Complaining about your body or weight can rub off on children and they may start to view their own bodies in the same way.
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