Plump or Scrawny – You Just Can’t Win
Sarah Reid, RHNC
Then I happened across a wonderful campaign by Fit vs. Fiction that brings to glaring light the prevalence of body dysmorphic thoughts and behaviours by children. Sadly, the trend is toward more and more young individuals developing these self-destructive habits, and poor diet and lifestyle choices down the road (including emotional eating and bingeing on “forbidden food”). When you consider that a quarter of 7-year-olds (mostly girls) have already dieted – over 80% by age 10 – the vast majority of the youths today have no idea what constitutes a healthy meal. “Eating right” and “moving more” are simply translated to either extreme, while the “kid-friendly” products are now labelled “fat” or “sugar free” and can easily trick both adults and diet-conscious kids alike.