Our children face a drastically different media landscape than we did. The advent of smartphones and social media have transformed the way we communicate and get information about what it is to have a “good life.”

Our children encounter billboards, magazines, and television that promote a single body type as the ideal and almost universally deride people who live in larger bodies. Coupled with social media, in which people regularly edit their images, promote only positive elements of their lives, and directly sell and promote diet products and approaches, our children are living in an extremely distorted and fatphobic environment.

We can’t change the environment in which our children live, but we can limit what comes into our own homes, and we can talk to our children about how they consume media.

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