Parents Commenting weight of her daughter is not a good idea

Oct 2, 2016 | | Say something

Women who remember their parents with comments about their weight are more likely to be overweight and are less satisfied with their weight at age adult. The less you comment on the weight of your child, the less likely she is to be dissatisfied with their weight in adulthood, according to a new study by the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell.

 Parents Commenting on Their Daughter's Weight is Not a Good Idea Parents Commenting weight of her daughter is not a good idea

The findings were published in Eating disorders and weight . “Commenting on the weight of a woman is never a good idea, even when they are young girls,” says lead author Brian Wansink, PhD, and author of Slim Design: Mindless Eating solutions for everyday life.

“Regarding a woman’s weight is never a good idea, even when they are young girls, can have a negative impact later in life.”


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For the study, 501 women between 20 and 35 years old were studied body image and were asked to recall how often your parent (s) commented about your weight. People with a healthy BMI were 27% less likely to remember their parents to comment on their weight and 28% less likely to remind parents commenting overeating compared with women whose BMI indicated they were overweight. Importantly, both women overweight and healthy weight reminded his parents commenting on his weight as young people were less satisfied with their weight in adulthood. This indicates that weight-related comments were damaging the image of the body, regardless of weight.

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These findings suggest that comments on the weight of the girls may have a negative impact on the future. “If you are concerned about your child’s weight, avoid criticizing or food restriction. Instead, push decisions and healthy behaviors, giving them the freedom to choose for themselves and taking the most attractive and convenient healthier choices,” recommends Lead author Brian Wansink “After all, are the choices that children make for themselves that will lead to lifelong habits.”

Source: Eurekalert

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