I came across this article on MSN a few days ago: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/03/moms-diet-for-7-year-old-d… (the original article in Vogue is not accessible online without a subscription)
I’m curious to see your reactions to this story. I was appalled by some of the methods this mother used, but it’s also bringing a renewed focus to the Childhood Obesity Epidemic. Have any of you experienced clients or friends that project their own issues onto their children? Do you have any suggestions in dealing with situations such as these? How could the new ACE Integrated Fitness Model be applied to the psychological/behavioral science aspect that this article addresses?
thanks for bringing this subject up for discussion. It shows how complex the issue is and how little, as a society, we know how to handle the issue on obesity as a whole.
The latest IDEA Journal has a story on ‘Compassion for Curves’, we have declared the ‘Fight on Childhood Obesity’, and parents are almost accused of child abuse when their children are obese. Models are still paper-thin and air-brushed. The food industry is targeting children with their advertising. (It appears that the profits of the food industry trump all other concerns – this is my private opinion.)
It’s a jungle out there!
The situation of the mother and her daughter illustrates how helpless we all are in an enviroment where people are bombarded by conflicting messages. The mother tried to do the right thing for her child, and she did it in the only way she knew. She is the result of years of indoctrination that you can never be too thin, and that your value as a person has a direct relationship to the number on your scales. Of course she passes her values on to her daughter even if she does not want to. Actions speak louder than words. I have seen it in my clients and their interaction with their children.
Yet, in all of that, we know that being overweight has been linked to a myriad of health issues. I do not have children myself; I feel sorry for parents who have to navigate this mine field.
What would I give to have the answer! It appears that greater minds than mine are working on it.
I am curious to read what my colleagues have to say on that issue.