Woman to Women
Mums the Word on Dieting
Never Say chubby or you’ll be lovin’ your kid’s fat rolls
-Mary Beth Sammons
Here’s the latest if you want your teens to shed the pounds: Don’t let words like “diet,” “chubby,” and “are you really going to wear that bikini?” slip from your lips. Instead, stick a carrot in your mouth and keep it shut.
That’s according to the June issue of Pediatrics, which recommends that no matter how well-meaning, if parents start nagging their teens about losing weight, it is going to backfire – big time.
The more parents of teens “suggest” a little “downsizing” on the scale, the faster the fat rolls will start accumulating, according to Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, a public health nutritionist at the University Of Minnesota School Of Public Health. She recommends the old lead- by-example mode to parenting. Sixty-six percent of the overweight girls whose parents encouraged them to diet were still overweight five years later, compared with 44 percent of those whose parents didn’t push dieting Makes sense: If you’re cramming cupcakes in your mouth, your kids will too.
The best way to battle the bulge is the old-fashioned way: Watch your food choices and seal your lips. So moms, it looks like this is the summer of loving salads, salmon and yoga and keeping our comments to ourselves.