If you have a daughter or a son with an eating disorder, they are likely struggling to understand the media presentation of the “ideal human” and match it up with their experience of themselves.
Next time you’re sitting around together on separate devices, take a moment to connect with her, and watch this video together. This is a great way to open the discussion about her perceived imperfections and talk about what it feels like to be a teenager living in today’s image-conscious world.
BuzzFeed Video asked four women to participate in a Photoshop experiment. Their reactions to the results are a surprise to many. How does your daughter feel about this video? What do you agree about? What do you disagree about? Remember to honor her opinions as much as you honor your own. The idea here is to understand, not to convince.
How does your son feel about this video? What do you agree about? What do you disagree about? Remember to honor his opinions as much as you honor your own. The idea here is to discuss, not to convince.
Ginny Jones is the editor of More-Love.org. She writes about parenting, body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders. Ginny is also a Parent Coach who helps parents handle their kids’ food and body issues.