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Looking in the mirror, changing the reflection

Self esteem is something you want your children to have because this sense of worthiness is the root of all that is around them. It affects their choices, their appearance and overall state of mind. Yet, this quality cannot just be told to them--they have to accept it as fact. This can be challenging, especially if your child happens to have a weight problem. Most of the time, the media is a hindrance to this certain issue, only portraying thin, svelte people, for instance in commercials. However, every once in a while, there are people in the spotlight that celebrate the different body types and are fantastic role models.

  • Singer Meghan Trainor has a song that not only is upbeat and catchy, but has a positive message as well. "All About That Bass" has lyrics such as "every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top" that promote respect for all different body types rather than despair. The music video depicts the singer as vivacious and glamorous, it doesn't matter that she is not a size 0. Which version of the song (edited to bleep out a couple of expletives) depends on your child's age and maturity level.
  • Writer Karen Valby's powerful article in Entertainment Weekly entitled "They're Worth More Than Their Weight" did not mince words. She expressed her dissatisfaction of how the media portrays Melissa McCarthy. In the article were examples of some mean comments fixated solely on her dress size. She concluded the piece by stating in the future, she would not refer to Ms McCarthy's physical appearance, but rather concentrate on her achievements in movies and television. Ms Valby illustrated that she not only talks the talk, but walks the walk.