The less you make comments about your daughter’s weight, the less likely she is to be unhappy with her weight as an adult – according to this new Cornell study published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders.
If you’re worried about your daughter’s weight, criticizing them or restricting food can backfire.
Instead, a better strategy is to nudge healthy choices and behaviors. The researchers suggest to achieve this by:
- talking about food, not a girl’s weight
- never saying: “Don’t eat so much”
- giving them the freedom to choose for themselves
- making the healthier choices more appealing and convenient (such as keeping fruits and vegetables in the house)
This illustration summaries the findings
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