Hey Parents, It’s Time You Stopped Calling Your Kid Fat

I remember the first time someone insinuated that I might have been a little bit on the chubby side (even though in reality I was far from it). I t was right after my 14th birthday when my body was going through a heck of a lot of changes during those Gawd-awful puberty years. It was after a long summer vacation of doing nothing but having fun, eating and staying up until the mosquitoes sent us back inside.One particular family member told me that I shouldn’t be eating the chocolate bar that was in front of me because quite frankly, I was getting a little on the chubby side. This family member also suggested to my parents that I get back into the habit of competitive swimming (a sport that I had a love and hate relationship with at the time) in order to get back to my normal weight.Honestly, I wasn’t gutted over the comment because I wasn’t old enough to realize what kind of impact it made on me at the time. I wasn’t as self-conscious about my looks and my body as I was later down the road during my teenage years. Yet, fast-forward a few decades later and I still remember those comments like it were yesterday.That’s why I think this new study is so interesting because it may change the way we all talk to kids about their weight — because the consequences are greater than you think.[ad type="aboveimagead1"]
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Joanna Mazewski

Joanna has been following the world of entertainment and celebrities since '05, having served as the Editor-in-Chief of Celebrity News Service and as a personal assistant for one of the original James Bond screenwriters, producer Kevin McClory during her days in Ireland. These days she’s a mother, warrior, celebrity writer and Disney dreamer. And she eats a lot of peanut butter M&Ms, as well.

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