Our Kids are Watching and Listening – WSAW 2016

Parents, we’ve all had those moments, right? (I sure hope I’m not alone here). The ones when your three-year-old repeats the nasty thing you just said about your neighbor to her face the next time she’s out in her yard… Or when your two-year-old starts yelling “damnit!” on the airplane for the whole cabin to hear after you muttered it dropping your bag on your foot.

Key Takeaways:

  • Children absorb what is said and behavior that is modeled and deemed acceptable that they see around them
  • Body image, including negative stereotypes about fat seep into children’s psyches at a very young age, coloring their thoughts and perceptions early on.
  • Parents should monitor their own implicit body type bias, as it will decidedly affect their children.

“Weight bias is insidiously interwoven into the fabric of our culture.”


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