You know we have a major issue with food and body image in our society when 7-year-old’s spend their free time writing “diyet-lists.”
That’s right. Amy Cheney, an Australian mother-of-three, discovered this heartbreaking handwritten “diyet-list” on the floor of her 7-year-old daughter’s room:
Cheney, a freelance writer for the website Mamamia, said she found the list alongside her daughter’s Polly Pockets and friendship bracelets. Among the foods the little girl listed as allowable to eat were “appals,” “keewee,” and “yoget.” She also listed several exercises for herself: “pooshups,” “16 star jumps 2 time a day,” and “rid my bike 3 time a day.”
“Weight has never been an issue in our home,” wrote Amy. “It is, for the most part, irrelevant.” She says that upon further investigation, she believes her daughter learned about the concept of dieting from one of her seven-year-old friends (who was on one).
More from Amy’s article:
Where did she learn the word diet? How does she even know what a freaking diet is?
Whose fault is this? Is it mine because I let her play with Barbies? Because sometimes she’s allowed to watch Total Drama Action? Is it because when I draw with her I can only draw stick figures?
I am tired of the beauty and body obsessed arena we live in. I am tired of women being portrayed as objects to be saluted and admired or shunned and shamed depending on whether they measure up to societies idealistic standards.
Though it might sound like an out-of-the-ordinary case, recent research from the University of Florida surveyed 121 girls between the ages of 3 and 6 years old and found that nearly half admitted they worry about being fat. Just last year, Dara-Lynn Weiss wrote a piece for Vogue about putting her 7-year-old on a diet. In a culture where the pressure to be thin is often disguised as health or fitness initiatives, kids are thinking about their weight at earlier and earlier ages.
Do you speak to your children about dieting and body image? How old were you when you first became aware of your weight?