I don't eat a lot of junk food, my favourite foods are quite seriously vegetables, I exercise every day, I have low blood pressure, no cholesterol issues, no diabetes risks... I feel good. I feel pretty happy with myself for the most part. I mean pregnant, I feel quite heifer-like, but these are extraordinary circumstance. I feel like I will be a good role model for my daughter/s. (not saying that baby 2 is a girl yet, we honestly don't know). We eat well, we are active and I am desperately trying not to share any inherited food issues. I think there needs to be an emphasis on healthy, versus skinny. DrMr is naturally skinny, but with a preference for junk food, which I think is probably worse, but we both love the "good life".
See my mother was never really overweight, but she struggled with her weight and being comfortable with herself her whole life - I doubt she is there yet.. She was also terribly ashamed of having two overweight daughters, and I remember being conscious about my weight and understanding that I was on a diet, from about the age of 4, which filled me with a lot of self loathing all through my teen years as I was clearly a disappointment to her and "not the kind of daughter she wanted". But I also know that a lot of my food attitudes are inherited from her - food as reward, food as comfort, secret eating, denying and rewarding. My older sister was usually always a lot more overweight than me and my mother would always comment on how unhealthy and unhappy she obviously she was, point things out about her appearance, and I implicitly knew from a young age that overweight people were gross and it was a good thing that I wasn't as bad as that. It was a competitive environment, and I would feel superior: well I may be a bit fat and ugly, but at least I don't look like that.
|Breakfast at our house. Oh, I kid, I kid.|
As parents, how do you approach this? Is it something that is on your radar in the way you parent and the decisions you make?