Parents model behavior for their children, whether consciously or not. A recent survey conducted by British teen mag Sugar (no relation to the PopSugar Network) found that a dieting mother can have unfortunate consequences for daughters.Out of the 512 girls surveyed, ages 12 to 18, six percent had an eating disorder; that number rose to one in 10 among girls with mothers who dieted. Girls learn how to create a self-image from observing their mothers, and when mom labels certain foods bad and dangerous, her daughter internalizes the message. It has been shown that regular family meals can help prevent eating disorders, and when the female head of household removes herself from the ritual of the family dinner impressionable eyes are watching. Negative body image from mothers affects girls too. This is why I learned to stop talking smack about my thighs. Did your mom diet? Did it affect your relationship with food?
Some health studies make headlines and they seem quite shocking and sad, like this one from CNN: Tweens Challenged by Grown-Up Malady: Breast Cancer. Others bring out my inner fourth grader, and my response to them is sophisticated "no duh." But stories are often more complicated than their headlines, and it is nice to have scientific studies confirm a few assumptions.
Kids' Cereals Pour on the Sugar and Sodium — USA Today
A new study illustrates what we have long since learned by reading nutrition labels: cereals aimed at children have 85 percent more sugar, 65 percent less fiber, and 60 percent more sodium than cereal marketed to adults.
Models Strike a Chord in Self-Esteem — New York Times
A study to soon appear in the Journal of Consumer Research found that when women look at photos of models they think about their weight and their self-esteem is affected.
Talk on Your Cell, Risk Missing the Unicycling Clown — CNET
Pedestrians talking on their cell phones were considerably less likely to notice the conspicuously dressed clown riding a unicycle compared with other pedestrians. If you have ever ridden a bike on a city street, chances are high you probably already know this. Extrapolate this data to drivers and realize you need to bike, run, and walk defensively.
This study found that no matter the fitness level, working out gave a boost to the exerciser's self-image. Be you a marathoner, or new to a walking fitness program, the message is clear: get a move on if you're feeling down about yourself. Not sure where to begin? Check out these cardio routines and these circuit workouts. We want you to feel good about yourself.
Remember a while ago I posted a video called A Fat Rant? Well the woman in that video made this one about body image called "Totally Awesome."
As women, we spend so much time obsessing about the parts of our bodies we want to change, that we overlook the parts that are perfect. This isn't healthy for our self image, and if we could instead focus on the features we're proud of, we'd feel happier and more confident about ourselves. So think about it. Do you have a great butt, strong arms, or toned calves? Tell me, what part of your body do you love?
It's really important to feel good about yourself, inside and out. If you have a positive self-image, you'll feel strong, confident, and excited to take risks both emotionally and physically.
"A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success."
-Dr. Joyce Brothers
This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and our own FitSugar has been running an important series of posts throughout the week about this serious health crisis.
Even if we're fortunate enough to be healthy, many of us still struggle -- and mightily -- with body image and beauty issues.
Many of us spend a good deal of time worrying about our looks and comparing ourselves to other women, whether they're in magazines, on TV, or across the street.
Even if we appropriately esteem our minds and our hearts, our friendships and families, it can be trickier to feel as sure about our body, our behind or our face. Let me know how comfortable you are in your own skin.