How to Handle Weight Talk with Your Kids

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A shopping trip has your son asking you questions about his size. Your recent health journey has people asking about your weight loss in front of your daughter. Your mom talks about your kids’ bodies—to them. As adults, we know what people say to us is actually a mirror into their issues and we still struggle to not take comments about our bodies personally. But because cognition develops into our 20s, it is even harder for kids to navigate these comments. Parents need to be as proactive as possible about what messages their children hear and redirect them when necessary. Here we offer scripts for three different situations.

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