Our negative perception of our bodies translates into a high rate of eating disorders; in fact, 65 percent of US women and girls report disordered eating behaviors.
Can parents like my friend raise a daughter with healthy body image without moving to Amish country?
And I felt at peace, for the moment, with my body. I wished, then and there, that I could put on my bikini and run with abandon alongside you in yours.
And so for my daughter, to see me—be me, that brought up all those concerns about how she too will be perceived in the world.
I have a body that says life has grown within it. I will not hide it, miracle machine that it is
I consider the ways in which I have struggled to love my own body, and the ways in which I have been careful about not voicing my unhealthy thoughts around my daughters.
I’ve lost the handle on how often my kids eat treats. In fact, the word “treat,” which conjures up images of special occasion for cakes, ice cream sundaes, and hard-to-get confections, has been rendered meaningless in our family. In short, opportunities for treats happen too often.
We want our daughters to be confident. We want them to feel strong. To feel bright. To feel capable.