Girls Internalizing Body Image

A conversation was overheard and provided an “ah-ha” moment that anyone with half a brain should get but don’t.  I am hoping that by sharing this short story it will provide you with a little more insight of how a little girl “hears” things and relates them to her own body self-image.  A father, in a very casual voice says, out-loud, “That is a very heavy woman”, to which the little girl immediately, without hesitation, says, “UH, what?  If I were a heavy girl, does that mean you wouldn’t love me?” ….AH-HA!  Already she is relating her body image to receiving love…if I am not a stick person, people won’t love me.   This opens a whole new door for this little girl and could slowly break down her confidence and self-acceptance.  In a time where girls are battling serious situations, anorexia, bulimia, bullying, cutting, depression, and so many other body hating issues, males in general need to watch what they say and who’s little ears can hear.  Now, I am not saying that all men are to blame for all little girls issues, but as a girl, I can tell you that girls seek the love and support of their father and yes dads and girls marry men just like their dads.

Moms and Dads, if you heard just that part of the conversation, what would your reaction be?  Please share your thoughts and comments with us, we’d love to hear your take on it.