Carrie Bickmore has voiced her distress and feeling of hopelessness at raising her two-year-old daughter Evie to have a healthy body image.
Bickmore alluded to her own doubts when it came to body image despite growing up with positive role models.
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“When I think about growing up, I didn’t grow up in a family that focused on body image, weight, or anything,” the 36-year-old said.
“Yet I still have days, hours, moments, where I look in the mirror and know how I think and feel about myself – let alone my daughter, who’s growing up in this world.
“I actually feel… What is that world going to – how are they going to feel about themselves?”
Bickmore said she felt that rather than getting better, the problem was only getting worse.
“What can I do as a mum to make sure she grows up with a good body image? I don’t know. I feel like it’s a lost cause.”
Co-host Waleed Aly agreed, adding “I feel like it’s a real problem that’s spinning out of control, getting worse and worse.”
However, we truly believe women’s body image can change for the better – but they’re not going to without women like Brumfitt pushing for it.
Mia Freedman, who features in the documentary, has made it her mission to promote healthy self-views, by turning body-shaming of her “confronting” stomach on its head.
Whether it’s sharing images of actual vaginas, or ditching the stomach-suckers once and for all – there are things we can all do to make the world a kinder place for our kids and ourselves. Baby steps.
What do you think should be done to promote a healthy body image in kids?