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I wish I could tell her, me, that she doesn't have to hide food from her parents, or feel bad about herself. Or binge. Or restrict. That it's okay if she never looks like any of her friends, because all bodies are different. That there isn't anything wrong with the fact that she developed differently or had a different body type than the girls in her class. That she's beautiful.
One of my biggest fears is that one day I'll find a note like this in my child's room. Because even though I don't have children yet, I want so much for them to never experience the pain that I've experienced. It is so messed up that we live in a society where parents can do everything right in teaching their children to love and care for their bodies...and then this happens anyway. The little girl in question found out about dieting from another one of her seven-year-old friends...because she was on one. And when I hear things like that, I just wonder...what the hell are we doing? What are we teaching these kids with ridiculous commercials and obscene magazine covers and insane expectations for what a body should look like? I am in no way saying that a girl who writes up a diet plan at age seven is going to end up with serious body image problems or an eating disorder as an adult. Because she will hopefully be just fine. But I can't stand that we live in a world where it is more acceptable to bash your body than to tell people how much you love it.
So do me a favor, will you? Turn off those ridiculous commercials (Special K, I'm looking at you). Watch how you talk about yourself to other people, especially in front of your kids. Make an effort to love yourself and speak positively over your body and your life. Maybe one day, little girls won't need to write "diyet" plans anymore.