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.
Doctors want parents to stop nagging kids about their weight.