Do we really need researchers from Cornell University in the UK to tell us a woman’s dissatisfaction with her adult weight is related to the extent her parents made comments about her weight?
For good or bad, it’s something every woman already knows.
The 501 women in the study, aged between 20 and 35, were asked questions about their body image and to recall how often their parents commented about their weight. The Guardian reports, “Those with a healthy body mass index were nearly a third less likely to recall parents commenting on their weight than women who were overweight.”
In other words, if you are a parent and you talk to your daughter regularly about her weight, she will grow up to be unhappy about her weight and probably overweight.
"If you are a parent and you talk to your daughter regularly about her weight she will grow up to be unhappy about her weight..." Image via iStock.
That seems pretty obvious to me. Kind of like if you drop an egg on the floor it will crack.
No matter how much young girls and teens act as though they're not listening to you, no matter how many times they roll their eyes, you are kidding yourself if you think the 'harmless' remark about "baby fat sticking around for too long" will go down the same way as "clean your room".
Those critical observations about weight and appearance from the very people who are meant to love them more than anyone else in the whole wide world are filed and catalogued inside young girls. Each one heavier than the next. Each one sharper. Each one making it easier, making it normal, for other negative messages to come inside; from school, social media, friends, movies, advertising.