I looked at this picture of myself when I was younger, & immediately started to cry at the thought that anyone would’ve thought there was something “wrong” with me because I carried a little excess weight at a very young age. Look how happy I am (and omg 80s babies, anybody remember Teddy Ruxpin?!) It made me question why we even think there’s something “wrong” with ourselves now?
@ww just released a new app for children to help them manage their weight, & I want to say I can’t even imagine what it would be like to start dieting at a young age, but that’s just not true.
My mom took me to the doctor when I was about 6 or 7 because I’d gained weight suddenly, & the solution she was given? To put me on a diet. And thus began my toxic relationship with food & my body. I don’t blame my mom for anything - she was doing what she thought was best at the time. She grew up in a culture where it was believed people were meant to look a certain way, & she still talks about dieting to this day.
The irony is as I looked through photo albums, I actually wasn’t as overweight as I grew up believing I was, but since I never fit into “regular” clothes & didn’t look like my friends, I thought I had to make myself look like them. I remember being in 5th grade, & having to get on the scale in gym class. I remember weighing 160 lbs & thinking to myself “oh my gosh, that’s so much, but if I were older, I know that weight would be ok.” How I knew that, I don’t know.
And I just wish that instead of dieting, I’d been left to just be a kid, & taught to eat healthy foods as a lifestyle. I remember being fairly active, riding my bike all over the place, but I ALWAYS got picked last in gym class for team games, & used to hate PE with a passion. So funny that exercise is what makes me thrive now.
Moral of the story? Kids don’t need an app to tell them what foods to eat, or how they should look, or how to move their bodies. Instill healthy habits as part of a lifestyle. Let them be kids. Don’t ever let them believe there is anything “wrong” with them, because there isn’t.