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April 09, 2008

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Marsha is on vacation this week, so we’re featuring an old post of hers that’s particularly timely given that next month is May, and that means Mother’s Day.

The title of this post is also the title of a book that was somewhat popular a few ears ago.  Like Mother, Like Daughter explored the impact of mothers' obsessions with weight and eating on their daughters' attitudes about those subjects.  It also somewhat obviously delved into the inevitable struggle with self and size acceptance that arises when daughters are 'nurtured' by moms who continue to buy into negative attitudes and beliefs about the same.

So while this isn't a new topic, it's certainly one that's pertinent as "health officials warn parents about the dangers of junk food and lack of exercise.”  This quote is from an old Associated Press article that’s no longer on their website, but it’ still worth exploring what the experts (one of whom is the impressive eating disorders therapist Carolyn Costin) quoted in the article have to say about this issue.  And what they have to say is simple: While we want to help our children grow into healthy adults, fostering an obsession with diet and body image isn't the way to go.  That's just what happens when mothers make disparaging comments about their own bodies, or "squeal with delight over a few lost pounds" or "meticulously count every calorie that crosses their lips."  Besides fostering a lack of self-esteem, such behaviors create a diet mentality that just about guarantees future struggles.

If any of this rings true for you, whether as the mother or the daughter, consider attending Green Mountain at Fox Run during May, which is our Mother-Daughter-Sister Month where we present workshops focused on the special relationship between mothers, daughters and sisters, and the outlook and experiences we share regarding food, weight and body image.

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