Dear Kids, Your Body Is Not The Problem. Diet Culture Is.
With WW, formerly Weight Watchers, wrongfully targeting children between the ages of 8-17 with their new weight and food tracking app Kurbo - our kids need a reminder that they are amazing just as they are, no matter their size or weight.
Redefining Wellness Contributor Britt Oswald wrote this letter for kids everywhere being told all the lies diet culture wants them to believe. What would you want kids to know? Share in the comments or join the #WakeUpWeightWatchers conversation!
You are absolute magic. Do you know how many things you’re good at? Writing, reading, math, science, history, art, music. I love that you have special interests and goals for yourself and your growing brain. You are the only you there is, which is so completely wild and beautiful. I am so glad you’re here to share who you are.
Looking a certain way isn’t something you should ever feel pressured to be good at. Food should never feel like a game you have to win. You wake up and go to sleep in your body every day — it should feel like your home. You have to eat to survive — it should feel loving and yummy.
I’m sorry that’s not what you usually hear, but I’m an adult and I can tell you that the other adults are wrong. Some adults made rules about food and bodies that aren’t real and then a bunch of other adults listened and now a bunch of people believe in fake stuff. It’s all a mess. It makes a lot of people sad, and I don’t want that for you. There’s so much to learn, to discover, to experience, and I don’t want you worrying about the fake stuff.
I know that’s easier said than done, especially if you’re teased or your family wants you to look a different way. I see you, I hear you, I am with you. Please know that a bunch of adults are working very hard to educate other adults on ways these fake rules can hurt your feelings and make you like yourself less, which is totally unfair. I hope you are able to find release in doing your favorite stuff, like drawing, playing video games, or going outside.
You really are one of a kind and you would be no matter what kind of body you’re in. Keep learning and trying new things. We are rooting for you.
Britt is a mental health, anti-diet, and body acceptance activist. She is currently working toward her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus on holistic career counseling and organizational consultation. She lives with her fiance and two cats in NYC, where you can find her cuddling lots of dogs, and reading lots of YA fiction, and podcasting about the X-Men. Website | Instagram | Twitter
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