Girls as young as seven are learning to dislike their own bodies because they have seen their mothers standing in front of the mirror describing themselves as fat or old, new research shows.
The OnePoll survey found that seven out of 10 women said that their child had seen them engaging in “negative body language habits” such as standing in front of the mirror with their hands over their belly to hide any bulges. A third of the women admitted that they had seen their child had copying their actions.
But a significant number of mothers said they had no idea that words they use to describe their own body image could have an effect on children around them, especially girls.
– John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor