As any parent of daughters know, body shame starts early. By the time girls are 8 or 9, they're already talking about diets and comparing their looks to those of their friends. So Shelby Eckard, a blogger and mom of two who lives near Atlanta, wasn't totally taken aback by the conversation she overheard as she tried on clothes at Target.
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As she wrote in a post for Love What Matters, they were talking about a boy when one girl suddenly blurted out, "I’d look so much better if I was as skinny as you. I just won’t eat tonight." Then they talked about other things. "As if saying not eating to fit into clothes is acceptable conversation," wrote Eckard.
The mom's heart sank. She used to be like that teenager she overheard--always worried she wasn't skinny enough until it became an obsession and led to a pattern of disordered eating. She felt like marching into the dressing room and letting the girl know that skinny didn't get you into college or help you make friends or anything else.
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Instead she froze--and did nothing. But once she was home and saw her 2-year-old daughter, she knew what she had to do. She'd break the cycle of self-hatred and start loving her mom body for her daughter's sake--so her little girl wouldn't grow up to be a teenager staring at herself in the dressing room mirror in shame.
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