Mother/Daughter 101: Smart Tips for Raising Girls
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Model a Healthy Body Image
As a mom, it's also important to model confidence in your body type and not discuss "feeling fat" or your latest diet plans with your daughter at any age. Weight insecurities are often passed on from mother to daughter. While childhood obesity is a common problem in the U.S., many girls within a healthy weight range have body image issues. A study by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute indicates that 40 percent of 9- and 10-year-old girls in the U.S. have tried to lose weight. Another study revealed that 53 percent of 13-year-old girls are "unhappy with their body," and that statistic grows to 78 percent by age 17. Body image issues can lead to low self-esteem and eating disorders. Encourage your entire family to exercise and eat well with the goal of good long-term health — not a smaller dress size or better beach body.
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