Like Mother, Like Daughter


The title of this post is also the title of a book that was somewhat popular a few years ago.  Like Mother, Like Daughter explored the impact of mothers’ obsessions with weight and eating on their daughters’ attitudes about those subjects.  It also somewhat obviously delved into the inevitable struggle with self and size acceptance that arises when daughters are ‘nurtured’ by moms who continue to buy into negative attitudes and beliefs about the same.

So while this isn’t a new topic, it’s certainly one that’s pertinent as "health officials warn parents about the dangers of junk food and lack of exercise" (so with a recent Associated Press article on the subject).  The point of the experts (one of whom is the impressive eating disorders therapist Carolyn Costin) quoted in the article is simple.  While we want to help our children grow into healthy adults, fostering an obsession with diet and body image isn’t the way to go.  And that’s just what happens when mothers make disparaging comments about their own bodies, or "squeal with delight over a few lost pounds" or "meticulously count every calorie that crosses their lips."  Besides fostering a lack of self-esteem, such behaviors create a diet mentality that just about guarantees future struggles.

The article is an interesting — and  short — read.  Definitely one for all moms to take the time to check out — even if they only have sons (unfortunately this issue is starting to affect men more and more).

2 responses to “Like Mother, Like Daughter”

  1. luciana says:

    Indeed this is a problem… I mean with men. No it is not my husband, it is with many I know, although most of them look great.

  2. Marsha says:

    Hi Luciana,

    Yes, unfortunately, this has become a societal problem.

    Thanks for your comment.


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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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