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Kids Can Be Easily Influenced on Their Body Image

March 10th, 2010 · 2 Comments ·


I was with my little cousin sister at a shopping complex that day. Buying her a new dress for her birthday.

Walking from the dressing room, she asked, “Do you think these pants make my legs look shorter?”

She is only 7 years old. Pointed her legs and then looked at me.

While she was trying other pants, I was in deep thought. I am not sure whether she knew what she said just now. May be. May be not. Probably copying a sentence she heard at home?

This experience proved that children learn things fast. Children pay attention to what you say and do. If you are always complaining about your weight or feel pressure to change your body shape, your children may learn that these are important concerns. We need to tell the kids about the positive body image they can have. Look as if adult like us have neglected the influence of our words on these kids.

What say you?



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  • lindseyhicks // Mar 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    That is so sad to me. That should not be going through a 7 year olds head! If adults were aware of the impact of their words on young children I’m sure (hope) they would learn to bite their tongue.

  • Julia // Sep 6, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Kids do pick up everything they hear and most of the time they repeat it. Whether they know exactly what they are saying or use it in the right context, they still reiterate it. Parents, older siblings and other family members are children’s only true model for how they should act and feel. Unfortunately they are usually the worst examples. If a child’s mother looks in the mirror and says “these pants make me look fat” the children will more than likely do the same thing after seeing their mom repeat it multiple times. The kid probably won’t fully understand what is meant by this statement, but nonetheless they shouldn’t be exposed to these negative statements. In the long run it will destroy their own self image or the image they have of the person saying these things.

    Parents, or even anybody that associates with young children, should be extra careful with what is said around them, because at that age their minds are like sponges and everything they hear and say is taken in and usually used at a later time.

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