Friday, March 30, 2012

Vogue Mom Encourages Daughter to Lose Weight: Helpful or Harmful Approach?


We are constantly bombarded with messages from the media that we should be thin and lean, and preferably, look like one of the models in magazines, on TV, on billboards, etc.  Sadly, many kids face this pressure at home, too.  Well meaning parents, alarmed by concern about their child's weight and health, often resort to imposed food restriction and diets to help their child "be healthy", "fit in", etc.

This can be problematic because once dieting and food restriction are enforced, it is not uncommon for the child to then develop a tormented relationship with food that can lead to eating disorders, body image disturbances and depression.

On that note, please read Dr. Kimberly Dennis' thoughts about the recent controversy over the Vogue mother's efforts to help her daughter lose weight


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