You and Your Health
Your Mother and Your Weight
Photo: Your Mother and Your Weight
HSNews is happy to bring you our latest contributor, Sylvia Meléndez-Klinger, MS, RD, LDN. Meléndez-Klinger is founder of Hispanic Food Communications, Inc, a nutrition and food communications consulting company. She is a registered dietician of the American Dietetic Association and a licensed dietitian nutritionist. She was awarded Outstanding Dietitian of 2009 by the Illinois Dietetic Association - West Suburban Chapter. The Chicago Dietetic Association honored her as “Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year” in 1994. She is an active member of the American Dietetic Association, and the Grain Foods Foundation Medical Advisory Board.
You probably share lots of traits with your mother, from your eye color to the sound of your voice. Did you know that you might also share your point of view on healthy weight and body image?
[In January], my family was featured in a Self Magazine article about mothers and daughters and how they influence each others’ body image. My mother and my teenage daughter and I discussed how we feel about our bodies – the good and the bad!
Self confidence – knowing that your body is healthy and strong – is important to my family. What’s important for your family?
If you’re struggling with your body image, think about how your mother may have shaped your point of view. Was your mother always on a diet and never satisfied with her own appearance? Remember that weight is only a number. If you feel healthy and fit, don’t obsess about the scale.
Try to take a step back and look at yourself objectively – or ask a good friend to give you some feedback. Focus on your good features like your beautiful curves or lovely smile. And don’t forget to tell your mother – and your daughter - what you love about them.