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Kate Winslet's trick for improving her daughter's body image is undeniably brilliant.

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It’s a sad truth that at some point most of us struggle with insecurities about our bodies, and according to a new study, it’s getting worse.

Girls as young as eight years old are now battling with body image dissatisfaction. Sad, right?

So when we heard about Kate Winslet‘s own body image journey, and the advice she’s given her daughter Mia, we had to pass it on.

In 2015 whilst climbing a mountain with Bear Grylls for his show Running Wild (as you do), the 41 year old spoke of her own struggles.

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"When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life," she said.

"I only heard negatives. That's very damaging, because then you're programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinise yourself and how you look."

And it's something she's strived to correct with her own children, with a simple but brilliant trick. (Post continues after gallery.)

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"I stand in front of the mirror and say to Mia, 16, 'We are so lucky we have a shape. We're so lucky we're curvy. We're so lucky we've got good bums.' And she'll say 'Mummy, I know, thank God.'"

The Titanic actress has three children - Mia, Joe, 13 and Bear, three.

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Winslet has frequently addressed the topic of body image throughout her career.

"There's a big part of me - now, more than ever before - that feels a sense of responsibility for how other women view themselves,", she told Harpers Bazaar in 2015.

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Part of that has always been about presenting an authentic front and calling out bullshit for her fans - something she's done for a long time.

Winslet famously responded to criticism that she allowed her legs to be significantly photoshopped to look longer and leaner for her 2003 British GQ cover.

Kate Winslet called out her extremely photoshopped GQ cover.

While editor Dylan Jones admitted the image had been altered but claimed "it wasn't far from the truth", Winslet disagreed.

"The retouching is excessive. I do not look like that and more importantly I don't desire to look like that," she told Hello!

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“I actually have a Polaroid that the photographer gave me on the day of the shoot… I can tell you they’ve reduced the size of my legs by about a third. For my money it looks pretty good the way it was taken.”

Twelve years on, we'd still agree Kate.

Check out some of The Glow team's favourite body image quotes from celebs we love.

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