Panel Of Little Girls Discussing Weight Issues Is Completely Depressing

Good Morning America assembled a crew of 5 to 8 year old girls to ask them about weight stuff — what's fat, what's thin, what looks good and what looks bad. Their bluntly honest answers aligned, sadly, with a recent study that suggested almost half of 3-to-6 year old girls worry about being fat.

When questioned, one of the girls said she wants to eat healthy "so you don't get fat," while others worried that their tummy would get so big it would "pop." One of the girls offered a story about her Mom going to the gym "because she thinks she's overweight." Another volunteered how "our teacher is on a diet" — something the class figured out when she wouldn't eat a piece of cake with the rest of them. Then, they were shown a series of photographs of girls their age who were all different sizes. Obviously, there was a girl deemed "Chubby Wubby" who they all laughed about in unison — kids can be so cruel.

GMA also spoke with a 6-year-old Texan girl named Taylor Call. Over a year ago (at age 5!) she began worrying about her weight when a girl at school asked her why she was "so fat" and a little boy called her "fat girl." What's worse, is by her BMI and a pediatrician's standards, Taylor is not at all considered overweight. Not that matters one damn bit when it comes to body issues.

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doit2julia
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I want to bullhorn this to every mom in the world. Stop complaining about your body in front of your daughter. She can hear you. She will become you.

Whenever I have not-fat girl friends who are constantly, inexplicably complaining about how fat they are, fussing over six pounds, always ordering the salad, it all begins to make sense after I meet their moms. As a skinny minny, I have knack for weeding these people out since every weight-obsessed mom makes a comment about my enviable frame or assumed starvation diet almost immediately upon introduction. And if these are their chosen words for their daughter's friends, I can only imagine having spent one's formative years under their influence. It doesn't need to be extreme to take effect. I daresay the subtler it is, the more difficult it is to recognize & shake off.