Trying to Diet – Dying to Try It – Family Food Feud

April 15th, 2012 No Comments Tags: , , , ,

What can I say about that mother who put her 7 year old on a diet written about in Vogue, but oy oy oy oy oy? Where do I begin? For starters this little gal has started early on the eating vortex diet roller coaster of life – poor bunny. I expect she will endure many mountains to climb on this front for years, decades and perhaps for life.

She might have lost some weight because of pressure from her mom, but she certainly lost the war on fat. Having a mother who is so fixated on food and calories will shackle her for a lifetime of guilt around weight and food, not to mention self esteem. She has been banned from enjoying pizza days with the other kids at school, an innocent hot chocolate or any food that uneducated people might refer to as “bad”. What she has learned is an attitude about food that is bad thanks to her caretaker mother.

The mother showered her with new dresses and stuff as a reward for losing weight. She has been robbed of the best reward of all – a positive relationship with food. Food glorious food that provide us with the nutrients we need to be healthy and grow. It can give us joy everyday; not if you’re fraught with guilt if you’re having a hankering for a cookie though. What gives??

There is certainly a right way of doing things and a wrong way of doing things and this mother’s approach was 100% wrong in every way, sadly. With the help of a pediatrician and experts who deal with kids and weight issues can certainly help kids get on the right track for life helping the family make small changes. As a child grows and maintains weight (or loses some) any 7 year old can grow into their weight while working on positive changes that can sustain them for a lifetime. Yes, slow and steady wins the race.

This gal could face eating and weight issues for life and most probably disordered eating. The literature shows that when kids or adults are tempted by forbidden foods they want it so much more. When they get a chance to eat this food they devour so much more to make up for the psychological angst of not being allowed it. An eating vortex for sure!

I woke up this morning with a bit of a food hangover myself, after having celebrated a special family birthday yesterday. There was food glorious food, wine and cake enjoyed by all without an ounce of guilt whatsoever. Today is a new day that will indeed be wine-less, cake-less and fried food-less, because I choose to lay low and eat plainer stuff to give my gut a break. Not because I am forbidden.

So trying to diet usually results in one thing – leaving you dying to try it and yearn for what you’re told you can’t have…. a negative downward spiral, that’s for sure.

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