Mum of three admits she weighs her six year old daughter on a daily basis.
NADIA Udin, 30, is a mum of three children, Iman, 10, Shifaria, six, and eight-month-old Musa.
“Every day I tell my daughter Shifaria she is beautiful – but I also weigh her.”
“The reason for weighing her daily is that I wanted to keep her healthy – and I did the same with her older sister, Iman, at the same age, Nadia tells The Sun.
“Children at school called her chubby. Us mums know that name-calling is normal. But it’s not as if I can round up the mums and tell them to get their kids to back off.
Instead I preferred to help her with her weight and self-esteem. While I can’t control what her friends say about her I can do this.
“When those children said she was chubby, I reassured her that she wasn’t and I always tell her she is beautiful. But, practically, by weighing her I am keeping an eye on her puppy fat.
“I am proud to say I weigh myself everyday. I worked for a weight loss company for three years. During that time I recognised that such a move helped me keep my weight in check.
As a family, we all regularly weigh in together. I ensure it is seen as something fun and healthy to do.
“I’m mindful not to make it an issue about ‘weight’ though. Instead we focus on healthy lifestyle eating choices.
“Shifaria is 33.5kg and she is 1.28 metres tall – that’s tall for a girl who is almost seven.
“When I realised she could do with losing some puppy fat I was adamant that we were all doing it together. I didn’t want her to have a complex about it. Iman explained to her why it was important.
This isn’t about shaming my daughter it is about empowering her for the future.
“We all jump on the scales together. It’s a family thing. Scales aren’t the enemy.
Allowing your kids to get overweight is.”
However Taryn Brumfitt, the Founder of Body Image Movement and EMBRACE believes this is really not something we should worry our kids with. She says “to all parents out there wanting to raise healthy and empowered children, remove the scales from your home. Ban all diet talk. Don’t refer to good and bad foods. Be a positive role model and never speak negatively about your body in front of the kids.”
Recently we shared concerns for boys over the rising number of teens suffering body image issues. Read more HERE>
If you, or anyone you know is experiencing an eating disorder or body image concerns you can call the Butterfly Foundation National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 or visit their website www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au for more information.
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