‘I fat-shame my 13-year-old daughter all the time – I need help to stop’
17th January 2022

A mother sought out help after admitting she constantly fat-shames her 13-year-old daughter.

The parent, from Melbourne, Australia, revealed to medical practitioner Dr Zac Turner that she is commenting on her teen daughter's weight and wants to know more about the long term effects of this for her child.

The doctor has warned her that fat-shaming can lead to serious consequences.

Talking about the situation, the mum explained: "I’ve inherited something from my mother that I fear I am passing down to my own 13-year-old daughter: fat-shaming.

“My mother used to fat-shame me during my childhood, and as a result, for my entire life I’ve had a complex about my weight and figure.

“I’m like a yoyo dieter, as I love my food but I also turn on myself whenever I look in the mirror.”

The mum added how she is fed up of seeing negative adverts about weight loss, which can be "triggering".

She admitted: “I’ve found myself talking to my daughter the same way my mother talked to me and I’m seeing the results first hand."

The parent has also noticed her daughter turning down food when others are around.

She's also noticed the teen looking in the mirror regularly, which she fears may be cause for concern.

Dr Turner responded to the anonymous mum’s fears by saying on news.com.au: “I recommend you take your daughter, and yourself, to a professional, and seek medical help if you fear she has anorexia, bulimia or even in some cases, is overeating or bingeing.”

The expert also reinforced the seriousness of eating disorders and said that he draws the line at fat-shaming.

He added: “Want to know what’s really scary? Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric disorders.

“I apologise for being gloom and doom straight off the bat, but I find eating disorders very serious.

“I am an advocate for people to lead healthy lives, which means I do implore people to lose weight and build muscle. I do draw the line, however, at malicious fat-shaming that ultimately leads to mental health disorders."

The expert said the mum 'must think of the future of her daughter's health' if she carries on how she is.

Giving advice on what the mum should do, he stressed the importance of self-love between herself and her daughter.

He also recommended the mum opens up to the daughter about how she feels about her own body and asks her daughter to do the same.

The expert also said a good diet is important, as well as daily exercise that isn't too excessive.

He also suggested getting eight hours of sleep a night.

His final step was to make sure the mum stamps on the body-shaming when she catches herself doing it.

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