Mothers influence daughters’ body image

This study reported in the UK’s Daily Mail highlights how parents’ attitudes and bahvaiour can be so influential on their children. The culture is already pushing the ‘stick-thin’ figure. Parents need to avoid being part of that pressure.

Teenage girls are more than twice as likely to diet if their mother is constantly watching her weight, research shows.

The ‘Thinheritance’ poll of more than 2,500 British 13 to 19 year-olds paints a worrying picture of the pressures young girls are under to stay thin.

Comments from parents, attitudes of friends and pictures of size zero celebrities have pushed 15 per cent teenage girls to regularly dieting.

Worryingly, many those who have grown up with a mother who has flitted from one diet plan to another, appear to see cutting calories as a way of life.