The bottom line: Put the focus on health — physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health — not on looks, weight, size, or shape.
Six-month-old Madilynn, my first grandbaby, had just arrived for a visit. I was telling her how happy I was to see her when my husband reached over, jiggled her little leg and said, “She’s so fat!” Although it was said in a loving way and with a big grin, I was put off. “She’s a baby!” I replied, “And what she is, is beautiful!”
To help children feel good about their bodies and themselves, it’s essential to encourage a healthy attitude about body shape and size.