I recently sat down and had a difficult discussion with my children. I talked to my boys about how certain messages they are being exposed to—when they are online, reading magazines, or watching television—are unhealthy. The messages I'm talking about are the ones that say young people have to look a certain way to be accepted; how dieting is good; and how young people can lose weight, quickly, to attain the "perfect" body.
These unhealthy, negative body messages affect both boys and girls, and these messages are everywhere—targeted to children under the age of 16.
I'm so glad Multi-Grain Cheerios launched a campaign to raise awareness about unhealthy body image messages—which are disguised as "harmless entertainment"—because it's time we do something to stop these harmful messages. The ads we see in magazines, online, and on television are making young people lose confidence in themselves and in their healthy bodies.
Dietainment is what I'm talking about; and the more we talk about it, the sooner we'll be able to #StopDietainment, and change the conversation from negative to positive.
So far, over 16, 714 people have signed the online petition to stop Dietainment. I would love to see those numbers continue to grow, so the message is heard loud and clear. We are much better off living in a society that puts the focus on things other than trying to attain the "perfect" body. Let's change the message, and help our children grow up feeling happy, healthy, and confident.
Let's be the change we're talking about. Let's create a world without dieting, for the next generation. We can all do our part to make this a reality, by taking a stand for what we believe in, by doing the right thing.
Disclosure: I am part of the #StopDietainment campaign with Multi-Grain Cheerios, and I have received compensation for this post. All views and opinions are my own.