I passed out an anonymous survey with four questions:
Do you like the way you look?
Are you on a diet?
Have you ever dieted before?
Does your mom or older sibling diet?
The reason I ask about their mother or sibling, especially on older sister, because statistics show that when a mother diets the daughter is 20% more likely to diet and/or have an eating disorder. The next highest factor after having a mom who diets is if they have a sibling who does.
I found the same results. I was surprised that every paper I got that said they did not like the way they look and yes they have dieted, 100% said yes to a mother dieting. 100%!
Every paper that said no, they haven't dieted and yes they liked the way they looked was 100% on no, their mother did not diet. (However one did answer this way but she did have a dad on a diet. It shows us it is mothers who are the most powerful role model for their daughters)
This tells us what a powerful example we show our daughters. I remember thinking "if "so and so" is on a diet and if my mom is on a diet then I guess I should too."
I was happy to see that the majority of the girls did say they liked the way they looked and did not diet, way to go!
I have more pictures of me with the girls but since this is a public site I will only post this picture:Thank you ladies for inviting me to speak to you, it was a pleasure!