Dieting by Mothers Leads to Anorexia in Daughters

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According to a new survey, a mother’s dieting regime can adversely influence the daughter and lead to an eating disorder.

Most of the girls confirmed that their mothers have the greatest influence on their own self-image and they feel damaged by their mother’s views on food and dieting.

A survey which involved 512 teenage girls, with an average age of 14 found that 6 percent of them had an eating disorder, increasing to 1 in 10 among those girls whose mothers diet.

The survey results also found that four out of 10 girls agreed that the biggest influence on how they perceived themselves was because of their mothers.

66 percent of the girls said that they had heard their mothers complain about their own weight and another 56 percent girls’ mothers are on a diet. These figures come in after 68 percent describe their mother’s body size as normal.

The survey reveals that more than half the teenage girls have been on a diet and this becomes 59 percent among girls whose mothers diet.

51 percent girls admitted that they have been hurt by their parents discussing their sizes and telling them that they are too big.

The editor of a teen magazine Sugar, Annabel Brog said, “Every single issue of Sugar magazine features fashion modelled by 'regular' girls, with different body sizes and shapes, to prove all bodies are gorgeous when they're well fed and exercised and of course many girls feel their mums, who typically diet and worry about their own weight, are their greatest influence.”

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