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Influencing Your Daughter's Body Image

"I'm fat, and I have a big tummy," proclaims Sally, 4, as she marches in high drama around the house. Her sister, Jill, 8, asks for an apple as a snack. "She loves healthy food," beams her mother  -- but ask Jill herself, and she'll tell you that she says no to cookies and cake because they'll make her fat. Her mom blames the images the girls see on TV, but she also admits, "They've heard me say I look fat in certain clothing."

Weight control is important for one's well-being, but some approaches are healthier and more likely to be successful than others. And your attitude about weight can have a great impact on the future mental and physical health of your children  -- especially girls.