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Denise Cuts Fat Talk in Front of Her Girls

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Actress turned reality show Mom tells Shape magazine that she is careful to keep her kids from hearing her weight issues.


When you see Denise Richards, especially on this cover, you might assume she would have no 'fat days'--we did. Who knew she's just as concerned about sending the wrong message about weight to her daughters, Sam, 4, and Lola, 2.

"I'll never talk about weight around them," Denise tells Shape in the May issue. "And they'll never hear me say, 'Mommy's feeling fat today.' That kind of attitude just makes young girls grow up to be dissatisfied with their bodies."

But what if your child does have a weight issue? It's difficult to handle it in a sensitive way and not create on-going self esteem issues. Pediatrician, Dr. Cara Natterson says...

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Susan April 1, 2008, 7:28 PM

Healthy body image truly is a family problem, not just a kid problem. My husband hates it when I flinch when he says “I feel fat” after dinner, but I don’t think I’m over reacting. I’m really worried about my daughters’ picking up on his obsessing about weight.

Jessie April 1, 2008, 7:39 PM

I don’t want my 9 year old growing up this way! I let her know about healthy food choices and that women are supposed to have curves, not angles. Still, how is it that we’re a nation that’s so obsessed with being thin and yet we’re among the most obese in the world?? We need to focus on eating to be healthy and stop this cycle of self hate.

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