From Mary, Child's Age 10 - 09/06/12 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Please help! My ten year old daughter thinks she is fat, but I hate it when does! She has started dieting and she is only 64.3 pounds. I ask her desperately to stop but she goes behind my back and diets with her school lunch! I have gotten so hopeless. I think that maybe because we made such a big deal of her brother not eating or being too skinny that she started to feel fat. I feel bad for my actions now and just wish she would think that she is not fat and an average weight! Even her friends donʻt agree with the idea! Somebody, please, please,please help, and I will thank my lucky stars.
Thanks and sorry for the length,
Mary K.
Reply from Grace, Child's Age 17 - 01/12/13  - IP#:
Kids, especially girls, can easily acquire complexes about themselves without their parents even realizing it. I had lots of complexes that I kept hidden from my mom for a long time. If your daughter feels unhealthy, perhaps you could help her "diet" by having her eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains instead of junk foods. Teach her the difference between being skinny and being healthy, because there is a difference. Also, just cutting out sodas and drinking water instead helps a lot. It may help her feel thinner and it will certainly make her more healthy. I hope this helps!