A 7 year old with a diet list

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A 7 year old with a diet list
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Mon, 03-11-2013 - 10:25am

There are a few discussions going on as to whether this is good or bad.  What do you think???  How would you feel if you found this in your 7 year old daughter's room??  http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t2#/video/bestoftv/2013/03/08/exp-point-weiss-heavy.cnn

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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 12:39pm

That is crazy that her daughter has a diet list and exercise list.  The poor girl is only 7 years old!  It doesn't say whether or not the girl has a weight problem.  I wonder what prompted this list.  Maybe they're studying health and nutrition in school and it's her own idea.  -But I think someone in the video said a classmate had started a similar list and that's how she got the idea.

I need to find the actual blog post from the mother to see if there were more details.  I remember doing things like this in high school, but not in elementary school.

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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 8:31pm

I agree!  I think that it is silly to need an exercise list....that child should be given healthy choices and just running outside playing!  Not completing an exercise list!

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Tue, 04-02-2013 - 1:03am

I watched the video but it didn't shed light on the issues I wondered about: does the girl have body image concerns already (and so the list might indicate a propensity towards an eating disorder, or already being made to feel bad about her size)? Does the girl already have a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle? If she typically eats lots of junk food and is sedentary then such a list could be seen as an improvement. There was mention that she got the idea from another girl in her class with a similar list, does she want to emulate that girl because she's the most popular girl in the class--and the list has nothing to do with body issues? Does the other girl have the list because she thinks she needs to lose weight, or is she copying something from a teen sibling? I would need to know the answers to these questions to form an opinion.

That said, I certainly had no idea about dieting when I was 7 although I was overweight. By about 11yo I was starting to "diet" although never for very long since there was high calorie food in the house for other family members (neither of my brothers had weight issues). But when I was little  media was not as pervasive as it is now, there were lots of things that today's 7yo's have heard that I didn't hear about until I was much older!

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Sun, 04-07-2013 - 8:04pm

Those are good questions.  We don't know enough.....but what we do know is that at the age of 7 we weren't talking about diet or exercise....we were just living life and having fun.  It's so sad that girls have to write down a diet and exercise schedule.....instead of just getting out and having fun with other kids!

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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 9:34pm

This story intrigued me, I wish the mom had done a follow-up blog entry to elaborate. The mom seemed to feel that her dd had been corrupted by the media promoting a certain ideal of feminine beauty, or something along those lines. She did say that her dd got the idea from another girl who is on a diet but didn't explain further. I started wondering if healthy eating, number of fruit and veggie servings, exercise, etc are now part of the classroom curriculum for that age group, and this is an extention of what those kids are being instructed to think about? Because everything on the list was healthy, there was nothing like "lose 5 pounds".

Maybe I'm just looking at this though the eyes of somebody who has raised her kids into adulthood, and realizes that as parents we stumble across a number of things or problems that shock and scare us, and some of them can only be perceived in a negative light--whereas this list could be taken either way. 

The list could serve as a reminder to the mom to be vigilant about reinforcing the values that she wants her dd to adopt. It could be played up as a good thing or a bad thing, I hope that she used it to her advantage.

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Tue, 04-09-2013 - 2:12pm

I must agree!  As a parent of an adult child, and an older teenager, there are times when I wish that I had known something before.....rather than later.  This mom can either use this to her advantage or blame others for the way that her daughter thinks and feels.  The ball is now in her court.  

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Wed, 10-09-2013 - 2:31am
The children at this age rarely get any problems with diet. You should keep them away from sugar diets, since they can harm their teeth, the rest will be fine. http://usaveinclinics.com/