What I’m reading this week

Best new ways to boost the metabolism – In general, these are all pretty good advice. Good reminder, too.

Mom puts 7-year-old on a Diet in the Worst Vogue Article Ever – Reading this made me sick to my stomach, so much so that I couldn’t bring myself to read the original article written by the mother who did this to her daughter. I was humiliated constantly as a child about my weight, it did NOT HELP.  It didn’t help me to form a healthy self image and it did not help me to develop a healthy relationship with food and it certainly didn’t do a damned thing to help me learn strategies for managing my weight. But, you know, carry on humiliating your kids, horrible parents.

Not that I have any strong feelings about this.

In better news…

Chocolate is apparently good for you again – I would add that since this one keeps coming back around so many times, the best approach is probably to eat only really high quality dark chocolate, and only in moderation. There’s that word again…moderation!

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7 Responses to “What I’m reading this week”

  1. raffaella1570 Says:

    Yes, I’ve felt the same way about putting children on diets and shaming them for their weight even before I became a parent. My mother still has horrible food and body image issues to this day and she was put on diets as a child (to the point where she was encouraged to drink black coffee in elementary school as it had less calories than hot chocolate).

    I’ve watched with helpless concern as my step daughter it alternately encouraged to eat only boxes macaroni & cheese, frozen mini pizzas, etc. or told that she is fat and shouldn’t eat what she’s been conditioned to eat her whole life. At camp last year she starved herself for a day because her mother had told her she’s getting fat, and by the time we realized she hasn’t been eating more than a handful of grapes she was so hungry she was eating all the chips she could find. I’ve been trying to make fruit and other healthier choices she likes available and let her pick outings that will get her out of the house and away from the TV and computer without making it about weight. It’s just about having fun together, and letting her be a kid. I just hope it’s enough to help counteract the other messages she’s been getting.

  2. Jen Says:

    I’m sort of in awe of anyone who can eat a lot of really good dark chocolate. A little goes a long way.

  3. Caron Says:

    Until my 4th grade teacher called me fatso, I had no idea I was chubby. I have not been able to find any pictures from around that time to support her name calling but I do know that it changed me and the way I saw myself.

    • Laina Says:

      It’s sad, whenever I see pictures of me as a child, (like, younger than 10 years old) I see now that I didn’t look fat, I just looked big – because I was bigger than other children – because I was going to be 6 feet tall and I had a bigger frame than other girls!
      I didn’t start looking fat until 4th grade, when it was starting to really sink in for me that I was inferior to other kids because I was a fatso, and that was around when my family switched from taunting me for having “baby fat” to telling me I was just plain fat and therefore disgusting.

      • beanolc Says:

        Same for me. 4th grade was when I was put on my first diet, when my doctors first thougt there was “a problem”… gads, a radioactive iodine exam that showed “maybe” something was wrong with my thyroid? (that wasn’t actually treated, BTW, ’til I was 20).

        My first diet was at 10. Skim milk. Rice cakes. Salads. Ice milk. The ONLY thing I positively got from it, for 28 years now, is healthy eating– but it didn’t do a damn thing for my weight. As my boss pointed out yesterday, when a group of us were talking about food and they all envied my supremely healthy (and yummy!) lunch, was “there’s something about HEREDITY”.

        My 5’5″, 130# mother will never understand, really.

  4. Gianetta Says:

    Sharffenberger bittersweet and berries ftw!

  5. Andie Says:

    I may have to avoid the internet for the next few days until the Vogue story falls off the radar – it is just so upsetting to contemplate. I feel lucky that at least I’m aware & trying to deal with the food issues I developed as a child, and really sad that my mother still suffers. I don’t think she’ll ever find peace.


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