Something that many of you don’t know is that I binge ate, I over-exercised, I had big body image issues in my late adolescence and early 20s. I did a lot of therapy, a lot of learning, and a lot of journaling to get myself out of it. But where these body image issues really came from was a deep feeling that I wouldn’t be loved if I wasn’t beautiful. And the way that that notion came about was that I was told that I was beautiful all the time. My parents always told me that I was beautiful, and as a result, I started valuing beauty over other things.
So instead of talking about what your kid looks like, what they should or shouldn’t be eating, try to focus on who they are on the inside. Give compliments about how they are on the inside, the things that they achieve, the things that they do, who they are, and not how they look.