It’s National Eating Disorder week. I have a fact that you won’t believe, unless you are a mom of a young girl. Then, like myself, I bet you can “remember a comment” that your young daughter has made, and this number won’t seem so outlandish.
I recently read an article, 5 Myths about Eating Disorders where it states that the National Eating Disorder Association reports that 42% of first-graders want to be thinner.
I”ll let you take a moment in digest that information. That is a sad & scary thought, isn’t it. I know I can relate. Please take a moment to read the bit under “Meet your Photographer” .
This was the sweater my daughter felt fat in. These photos are for her 7th birthday.
I know we are our children’s biggest role models. We strive to teach them good habits their entire life. We remind them to say please and thank you, give the elder their seat, & eat their veggies. We hope they learn how to treat others in a relationship, how to be self confident, not give into peer pressure, and I’m sure most can relate to needing to discuss “hot topics” earlier and earlier with each passing child.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that a child learns by our example more then by what we “preach”. I remember my mother saying “do what I say, not what I do” . But it’s hard. Everyday, your child seeing you chastising your figure, comparing yourself to that famous person on the magazine (who’s been Photoshopped btw) with media & Hollywood setting unrealistic expectations. Now I’m not saying Gluttony. is ok, and sitting on the couch for hours on end eating bon bon’s & ice cream is a good example.
But instead of constant criticizing our figure, tossing clothes on the bed in an exasperated attempt to find something to wear, maybe we (myself included) need to focus on loving who we are, how we are, and know that we would be setting a good example for our children. I exercise at home (when my arm isn’t in a sling, and let me tell you, typing one handed is a bit difficult) so my daughter can see, not that I”m not happy with my appearance, but my steps to be healthier & happier with myself (on all aspects)
So, here it is. For National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I want to hear about your child’s (boy or girl) self examination. (school age only) What they have mentioned in the past that they don’t like about themselves. WHY? you ask. Simple, because I will give them a portrait session, where they will end up LOVING themselves. Seeing that they are beautiful, special, unique & wonderful. It’s no contest, all who share their TRUE story will get a session and 1 5×7 (no obligation to buy). I will be taking stories up until march 15th. Major Caryn Follier of the US Army, with Arbone will teach about skin care & healthy living prior to the session.
Please submit your story by filling out the contact form below. I look forward to meeting you & helping your child love who they are!