Q: How do you raise a daughter in this environment to not have the body issues we have all had?
A: My daughter is 5 years old. I feel like my sole purpose for being placed on this earth was so I could bring her into this world. She is the most special thing I have in my life and she almost didn’t happen. So I celebrate her. Every single day.
I want to make sure, as much as I possibly can, that she knows how I see her. She’s my baby, so of course I think she’s perfect, so I make sure that I tell her as much as I can how much I love her, how beautiful I think she is, how funny she is, and especially how smart she is! With these reminders all the time, I think I’ll do an OK job building her confidence as she gets older. She starts kindergarten in a few short weeks, so she will be officially entering the world of being a full time student, away from me for 6 hours every weekday and being influenced more by those around her than by me, so this is a pivotal time in her life.
I’m determined to change and break the stigma of fat being unhealthy, but I am only one person. So this is my way that I can best start that change to opening the eyes of kids who grow up watching tv and seeing the same size 2 models plastered all over the media. Just because you look like them doesn’t mean you’re at your most healthy, and just because you look like me doesn’t mean you are at your most unhealthy! Body image has absolutely nothing to do with your size!
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