Kids' body image shaped by parents, expert says

February 26th, 2014 in Pediatrics /
Kids' body image shaped by parents, expert says
Doctor offers tips for helping children develop healthy eating habits, self-image.


Doctor offers tips for helping children develop healthy eating habits, self-image.

(HealthDay)—Parents play a crucial role in helping children develop a positive body image and healthy eating habits, an expert says.

"Sometimes we parents forgot how important our words, thoughts, and feelings are in the lives of our kids," Dr. Aaron Krasner, director of the adolescent transitional living program at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., said in a news release.

"'We make the weather in our homes,' a wiser-than-me parent once told me," Krasner added. "I think it's true—especially when it comes to eating behaviors and . As parents, we must be mindful of our own relationship with our bodies, how we eat, and the potential impact on our kids."

He noted that 80 percent of 10-year-old children are afraid of being fat, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.

To mark National Eating Disorders Week (Feb. 23 to March 1), Krasner outlined the following ways that parents can help their children:

"At the end of the day, parents are the most influential role models in a child's life, so be mindful of your words and actions. They may be listening when you least expect it," Krasner said.

More information: The U.S. Office on Women's Health has more about body image.

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