Promoting Health Instead of Size: Teaching Children to Care for Not Compare Their Bodies

Busting Myth #4: Why value healthy choices if they don’t result in the desired look, size, or BMI?
Promises, promises, promises. What happens when they don’t come true? When counseling youth (and adults) to adopt healthier behaviors, we need to be clear on what we offering. It is not a certain waist or dress size, it is not the six-pack abs, it may not always be weight loss...especially for a growing teen. If we continue to value external proxies in- stead of better overall health outcomes, we set our children up for disappointment and put them on the never-ending roller coaster of doing the right thing for the wrong reason... which doesn’t happen, so they quit.

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