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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:59 PM
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Mom's Dieting Can Be Unhealthy for Kids
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Mom's dieting habits can have a bad influence on the children. Some research indicates youngsters learn attitudes about dieting through observation. For some youngsters, that might mean an unhealthy fixation on body image, experts warn.

"It's like trying on Mom's high heels. They're trying on their diets, too," said Carolyn Costin, spokeswoman for the National Eating Disorder Association.

As obesity rates climb among children, health officials are warning parents about the dangers of junk food and lack of exercise. Yet few speak about parents who meticulously count every calorie that crosses their lips.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060810/D8JDMHIO0.html

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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:04 PM
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1. Anorexia is very over-blown
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 01:07 PM by KurtNYC
and is not, as many believe, the opposite of obesity.

>As obesity rates climb among children, health officials are warning parents about the dangers of junk food and lack of exercise. Yet few speak about parents who meticulously count every calorie that crosses their lips.

65%+ of the US is overweight and less than 0.15% is anorexic (1 in 1,000).
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/a/anorexia_nervosa/stats-...

edited: statistic and link
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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:06 PM
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4. Is that a qualified medical opinion?
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:03 PM
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6. Anorexia is incredibly deadly.
Here's a good place to start educating yourself about it...

http://www.kartinifoundation.com/spotting_the_tiger.asp
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:04 PM
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2. How the hell did anybody ever grow up 'normal' (or what passes
for it) before all these specialized shrinks? I mean, if my Mom was starving herself until she looked like a concentration camp inmate, maybe I'd be 'affected'. But really, there is nothing anymore that can't or won't totally screw up every kid's psyche.
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:05 PM
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7. How many "special diets" were parents on back then?
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 09:08 PM by HuckleB
Not many. The focus on body image and diet fads is very different now than it was back then. And let's not pretend that parents didn't do things that led to big and sometimes negative changes in their children.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10219756/site/newsweek/
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:04 PM
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3. This just begs the question of maintaining a healthy diet wherein
one eats a regular, well-balanced diet for reasons of health rather vanity. What is wrong with kids being brought up with soy, carrot sticks, organic juice, and granola versus soft drinks, fruit roll-ups, Kool-Aid, and sugary breakfast cereals, not to mention general junk food (rhetorical statement versus true interrogatory). This premise is so worthy of challenge.
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sgxnk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:15 PM
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5. jeez
like this is news.

yet another study that is just so "duh"

translation: kids are influenced by their parents

yea, there is a frigging schocker

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