Why you shouldn’t encourage your kids to diet
Would you rather see your kids spend the summer counting calories or out enjoying their time with friends, going on adventures, and developing their authentic sense of self? In February, Weight Watchers announced membership to their program would be free to teenagers, ages 13 to 17, during the summer of 2018. As members of the mental health community, we invite you to learn about the dangers associated with dieting, hear from our staff and help spread awareness.
Adolescence is a time of great change, both physically and mentally. Teaching our nation’s youth they need to eat a certain way to look a certain way, is damaging. It promotes body shame, creates destructive eating habits and prevents kids from learning how to listen to the needs of their bodies. Research shows dieting at an early age increases the risk of developing an eating disorder. This is not the kind of future we want for the next generation. Wake Up Weight Watchers, we need a culture of empowerment and body positivity, not dieting.