Bethenny Frankel may have a dicey relationship with her ex-husband, Jason, but when it comes to her 3-year-old daughter, Bryn, she obviously centers her world around her. In fact, Bethenny, who has been open about having years where she was on diets and denied herself any kind of goodie, won't mention dieting or losing weight around her daughter -- or even say something like, "Oh, my jeans don't fit."
Bethenny told ABC News:
If you start giving your kids anxiety about food, it's going to last a lifetime. Moms have to lead by example. Don’t say, 'Oh, my jeans don’t fit,' or 'Oh, I was bad.' No diets, nothing like that.
Bethenny is right that her words and behavior will have an enormous influence on Bryn and affect her own relationship with food. Seeing a mommy who is constantly dieting, or talking about losing weight, is bound to affect Bryn's relationship to her own body. So it's good that Bethenny is so careful.
However, I do find this ironic, considering that Bethenny has made her fortune selling alcohol that is called "Skinnygirl." If that's not throwing "skinny" in women's and girls' faces, I don't know what is. The Skinnygirl empire sells all kinds of products designed to keep women fit -- but the name of the brand isn't "Fitgirl" or "Healthygirl."
That said, Bethenny and her partners knew what would sell.
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Still, I think Bryn will pay more attention to what mama is saying in the house than what mama is shilling, so Bethenny's philosophy about not showing her daughter a fraught relationship with her body is a good one. Bryn will, unfortunately, get enough messages from the media and society that her body isn't good enough -- because no one's body seems to be good enough unless it's airbrushed to plastic perfection.
Do you ever mention diets around your kids?
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