A new study has found that talking to overweight kids about dieting and their weight made matters worse. That’s right – WORSE. These kids were more likely to binge eat and use unhealthy dietary practices to try to lose weight. Time and time again we have found that kids who use unhealthy dietary practices not only have a messed up relationship with food for their entire life, but are also more likely to be overweight in the future.
The study did find some positives for parents – kids with parents who were good role models (when it came to a healthy lifestyle) were less likely to engage in these unhealthy dietary habits.
Take home point – put your money where your mouth is and keep your mouth shut 🙂