Weight has always been a concern when it comes to girls. But after a recent study, it seems that they are really vulnerable when it comes to this topic.
Scientists advise parents to choose their words carefully when they talk with their daughters about weight. According to lead author and director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., Brian Wansink, it is not a good idea to comment on a woman’s weight, even if they are just young girls.
Some 501 women between 20 and 35 years old participated in the study. During this time, they were asked about their childhood and how often parents commented regarding their weight. In addition to this, they were asked about their body image opinion.
The participants were divided into two groups, one consisting of women who were healthy-weight and the other with overweight women. At the end of the study, scientists established that healthy-weight women were 27 percent less criticized during their childhood, and 28 percent less likely to hear from their parents that they ate too much and other discussions related to that.
It means that women who were criticized during childhood regarding their weight or how much food they ate, were more likely to become overweight later in life and unhappy with their weight.
In addition to this, both healthy-weight and overweight women, who confessed their parents criticized them about their weight when they were little girls, were not happy with their weights during adulthood. In other words, bad comments on their weight affected their body image, regardless of the fact that they were overweight or not.
Therefore, experts recommend parents to avoid restricting food and criticizing their daughters. Even if they are concerned about their children’s weight, criticism is never a good idea. Instead, a positive attitude can lead the way to better results.
If you are a parent, your best bet would be to find healthy choices and allow your children to choose between these options. Make sure that these foods are not just healthy but also tasty and appealing to your kids, in this case, girls. These choices will lead to habits that will last a lifetime, so it is crucial for them to adopt these healthy habits starting from childhood.