A UK mum has told of how she weighs her six-year-old daughter every day to monitor her “puppy fat” after she was teased at school and called “chubby”.
Nadia Udin wrote an article in The Sun explaining why her youngest daughter, Shifaria, has a daily weigh-in – which gained a lot of negative attention this week. On Thursday, she appeared on ITV’s program This Morning to defend her decision.
The 30-year-old said she aimed to “empower” her daughter against the bullies, and she also teaches her about portion-control and healthy eating.
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Nadia told hosts Rylan Clark-Neal and Emma Willis her daughter didn’t even register she was being weighed.
“It’s a fun thing where I jump on the scales, she jumps on too and we kind of have a laugh about it,” she said.
“If you were to ask her, ‘Does your mum weigh you every day?’ she would say, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about’.”
When asked about her fears she may be negatively impacting her daughter’s self-esteem, Nadia said was more worried about the further bullying her daughter may be subjected to at school.
“We’ve got to be careful because the name calling…she’s going to be more affected by that,” she said.
“Why not take control and do something about it and be in control with her?”
She said if her daughter had gained weight, she would see it as a sign that she, as a mum, needed to make changes.
“I would look at what I’m doing, not wrong, but what am I doing because I’m in control,” she said.
“Am I putting too much oil in the food? It’s a mindset, as well. You need to explain to your child as they’re growing there has to be a balance in life. She had an Easter egg, but she knew not to have it all.”
Psychologist Deanne Jade, who founded a not-for-profit organisation to help eating disorder sufferers, appeared on the show alongside Nadia.