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Body Image Study

By: Sarah Grady
By: Sarah Grady

A Florida State University study finds body image stereotypes may begin in the high chair. FSU researcher Thomas Joiner found parents of toddlers tend to worry that their boys are underweight and their girls are slightly heavy.

Joiner believes it has to do with the pressure from media ideals. However, he says parents need to relax.

Joiner says, "They don't help the child, they don't help the parent feel better, and there is some evidence it could end up backfiring down the road in terms of vulnerability for behavioral problems including eating disorders."

Joiner says if a parent feels a child does need to lose weight, instead of pushing a diet encourage physical activity such as the playground or sports.


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