Thursday, December 11, 2008

Young Women's Activity

I was honored to be invited to do a presentation for a young women group. They were each given my book and after my talk were able to bring their books up for me to sign to them individually. It was more of a relaxed atmosphere oppose to the firesides I've done so I was excited to have more feed back and leave the time open for questions. I hope something I said touched one of them. I truly delight in working with the youth and have a love for them.

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!


Candace E. Salima said...

Sounds like a positive experience. I read about your book on A Writer's Ramblings, Karen Hoover. I am going to pick up a copy of your book now. Congratulations on writing something which really makes a difference in the lives of so many.

I dropped by to invite to join me over at Neighborhood & Friends, a new social network I created for the discerning Latter-day Saint wishing to socialize online in a safe, fun, happy environment. Please come check it out. Find me there as Candace E. Salima. I hope to see you there soon. It is a blast.

Merry Christmas!

Haley Hatch Freeman said...

Thank you Candace for the comment and kind words about my book. I hope you do pick it up so I can share my story with you. You can buy one from me and I can mail you a signed copy or you can get it at Deseret Book and most other stores.

I will check out Neighborhood & Friends. I've seen it on Tristi Pinkston's blog and was curious about it. Thanks!