Health and nutrition are part of the daily conversation with my daughters and I. It’s a constant worry to make sure they are eating enough during the day at school and I make a strong effort to ensure that they are eating healthy nutritious food when they are at home.
TV, magazines and now social media continue to portray “skinny” stereotypical girls as “healthy”. It’s important for me to ensure my daughters know the true definition of being healthy and advise them not to risk their health for the sake of appearance.
In this day and age, the pressure to look skinny seems so much more intense than when I was a teen. I believe that is because it is so much more visible thanks to the internet. Girls today feel the need to constantly “keep up” with the newest trends or fads and that may or may not include dieting.
Multi-Grain Cheerios has launched “Generation Healthy”, a program aimed at encouraging women to recognize their self-worth and become part of the solution as a role model living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
“We believe that nutrition is healthier than deprivation and that dieting is harmful to us and to our children. So let’s embrace a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and empower the next generation to do the same by removing the word dieting from our lives and replacing it with words like nourished, strong, and fulfilled. Let’s use our influence to teach our children to live with healthy balance by living that way ourselves. Together, we can build a healthier future for every generation to come.”
A recent survey commissioned by Multi-Grain Cheerios examining young women ages 10-17 revealed some compelling stats:
- 52% of girls get their information about dieting and nutrition from family members
- 1 in 5 girls under 18 is currently dieting
- 3 in 5 women have been on a diet
Those are some pretty scary statistics. I was curious about the status of my tween’s thoughts on this topic so I interviewed her about it:
I am so glad she’s not in the dieting mindset and I hope she stays that way as she moves into her teenage years. I am doing my part as a mom to ensure I am a healthy role model for my daughters and that’s why I took the “Never Say Dieting Oath” at WorldWithoutDieting.ca
Thanks to the generosity of Multi-Grain Cheerios, they have supplied a $100 VISA gift card along with vouchers for Multi-Grain Cheerios products for me to giveaway as a thank you to those readers who support this much-needed campaign. Enter below and thanks for taking part in such a great initiative!
Take the NEVER SAY DIETING OATH and together we’ll make the next generation healthy – mind, body, and spirit.