Growing up I always had a very healthy appetite and thankfully I was also blessed with a great metabolism. I remember a friend of mine would hardly eat and if she did give in to the temptation, she would leave the room the moment she finished eating. I never understood why till much later.
She had an eating disorder and it was a compulsion for her.
While we know it is important to talk to our children about topics such as gender equality, cyberbullying, about what is happening in the world, we have also realized that it is also important to talk to your child about body image.
In a recent study by Lowes and Tiggemann they found that
Girls begin to desire a thinner body than what they currently have starting at age 6! Oh my God! Isn’t that just crazy? They also found that girls’ body dissatisfaction was associated with how they perceived their mom’s body dissatisfaction. This means that if girls felt their mom didn’t like her own body, they were less likely to like their body, and vice versa.
Eating disorders have been around for a really long time, it is only now that people are addressing this problem.
Mansi Zaveri, Founder of Kidsstoppress spoke to Dr Shwetambhara Sabharwal, a clinical pyschologist about this problem.
She talks about
- What is an eating disorder?
- What are the symptoms?
- How to help your child build a healthy relationship with food?
Watch the full video to get more insight into ths problems. Let us not push it under the carpet. It is happening with kids around u and as parents we need to be aware and educate our kids as well about eating disorders.
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You can also watch Dr Sabharwal’s video on Screen time and anxiety in kids. She breaks it down into simple actionables.