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Note to Moms: Don't Complain About Your Weight

eating disorders

Healthy body image?

Do you think you’re fat? If you’re female, chances are good that you do.

According to a recent Glamour magazine survey, 40 percent of women are unhappy with their body. But it sounds as if even more women have a negative body image.

While only 46 percent of the women surveyed were actually overweight, 71 percent of them said they felt fat, according to CBS News’ “The Early Show.”

What makes me sad about this survey is that I know that many of these women are mothers and it’s likely they are griping about their bodies in front of their daughters.

For a Babble.com story about how to raise daughters without eating disorders, I interviewed Dr. Ariel Trost, a Berkeley-based psychologist who specializes in eating disorders.

According to Dr. Trost, if parents — especially mothers — are unhappy with their shape and size, their daughters will be more likely to be dissatisfied with their own bodies.

Parents need to be aware of how casual comments about appearance can influence their kids. Consider the message you’re sending when you praise someone for losing weight or gush about your daughter’s cute little friend.

Most importantly, think twice before you complain about how fat you look in front of your children. Even if you do want to lose weight, putting yourself down isn’t going to make anyone feel good about themselves.

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photo: flickr/kharied

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