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everyone! Isn't this weather wonderful since spring is
here? My readers are from all over the globe, but in
Western New York the weather is gorgeous. We are busy
here finishing up the school year and getting ready for the
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We have a great article for dads this month as our lead
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I finished my 2 year degree this spring with honors and am
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JUST FOR DADS
Fathers, Daughters, and Eating Disorders
There they were, staring at us from the shelves of the
grocery check-out line.
A quick scan revealed scores of magazines showing 110 lb.
women with giant busts, along with ones showing alien
babies, who were plotting to take over the world.
In my younger years, I might have picked up a few of these
"glamour" magazines and perused the pages. But it was
different now. I was at the store with my nine-year-old
daughter, and she was looking at the shelves, too.
We have an epidemic of eating disorders in this country, and
it's important to examine what kind of impact these
disorders are having in our country today. Here are some
- About 5,000,000 people in the US, most of them teenage
girls, have anorexia. One in 10 die of it, half from
suicide, and half from medical complications related to
- In 1970, the average age a girl started dieting
in the US was 14. By 1990, the average dieting age had
fallen to 8.
- In one study, young girls in the US who were surveyed
were more afraid of becoming fat than they were of nuclear
war, cancer, or losing their parents.
- The average US woman is 5'4" and weighs 140 lbs. The
average US model is 5'11" and weighs 117 lbs.
- 2 out of 5 women, and 1 out of 5 men would give 3-5
years of their life to achieve their weight goals.
I no longer have an interest in looking at magazines with
emaciated models. I no longer show interest in conversations
with men whom objectify women. As my daughter grows older,
she looks around at the world we've created.
Our failures are everywhere.
And as we live our own busy lives, we see these failures yet
stay silent. We plow ahead, hoping things will change, and
fearing they won't.
And while our culture is not the only culprit in the eating
disorder epidemic in this country, it certainly stokes the
It stokes the fire in those girls who lack the positive
self-image to withstand the barrage of images and judgments
that rain down every day. For girls, there's no escaping
this barrage. It happens in the looks and comments they get
when they walk down the hall at school. It happens when they
turn on the radio or TV. It surrounds them, convincing many
that slim and sexy is the Holy Grail of their existence.
Our daughters need our help. They can no longer afford our
silence. Here are some ideas for fathers that may help to
turn the tide:
- Examine your own attitude and feelings toward women.
How have you objectified women in the past? Are you ready
to see them as equal? Make sure you're clear on these
questions, because they'll come up eventually with your
- Find out if there are sexist influences in your
daughters' life that you can impact. Ask about the
philosophy and practices of her coaches, teachers, and
others who spend time with her. One influential person can
do a great deal of good, or a great deal of damage.
- Anything positive you do can be washed away by a
single comment about her appearance, or the way you look
at another woman. Your daughter is watching you closely.
Tell her she's beautiful, no matter what she looks like.
- Find out the names of advertisers who put out garbage
commercials or products that attempt to convince young
girls to be slimmer, etc. You'd be surprised at how many
ads have been pulled because concerned parents took
- Stay connected to your daughter, no matter how much
she's struggling. And when she reaches puberty and her
body changes, find a way to continue to stay close. Too
many fathers abandon their daughters emotionally when
their daughters need them the most.
Just because an unhealthy environment surrounds us
doesn't mean it's good for our daughters. The statistics on
eating disorders show this beyond the shadow of a doubt.
If fathers don't act now in their daughter's behalf, others
will act for them.
The results so far have not been promising.
Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC, coaches parents by phone to
balance their life and improve their family relationships.
He is an Instructor for the Academy for Coaching Parents
(www.acpi.biz), and the
author of the
"Secrets of Emotionally Intelligent Fathers" Ecourse.
Visit his resources at
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Finding God in the Story of Your Life
By Keri Wyatt Kent
In this remarkable book, Keri Wyatt Kent shows how to
open ourselves to more love and joy by listening—to God,
our hearts, and each other. By listening we discover God
in our own stories and in other people’s stories.
Throughout the book,
shares her personal experiences and shows that by
reflecting on our own story we can discover the things
that bring us joy and the things we love and hold dear.
Once we are more aware of the joy and love that are
already in our lives, we can notice God. Listening is the
central spiritual practice that makes other practices–such
as prayer, worship, and study–transformational in our
reading this book and couldn't put it down. Keri writes
with a unique style that is at the same time thought
provoking, yet comforting. This book helped me to look at
my own life and see God at work, yesterday and today. I
highly recommend this book.
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