This article is so disturbing:
But, sadly, I'm really not that shocked by it. I remember the summer before my 4th grade year I started thinking I was fat. I started puberty very early (started having to wear a bra at 9 years old, got my period at 10!) and put on a little weight - I was never a skinny kid, so the weight gain made me look chunky, and I knew it. I was a competitive swimmer, but I felt I needed more exercise, and I remember I would do jumping jacks in my room at night when I was suppose to be in bed because I wanted to lose weight. I didn't like my body, at all, and 30 years later I'm still dealing with this issue, but I know I need to set a better example for my girls. And I need to pay attention to what they are looking at and listening to and how they are feeling about themselves, so they won't have to deal with the issues mentioned in the article. I just want my girls to love themselves as they are - always! But with living in the kind of world we live in I wonder if it's realistic to think that they can, or will.