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How Can Mothers Of Overweight Daughters Discuss Dieting With Them?

Update Date: Dec 23, 2015 01:07 PM EST

How can mothers take care of their daughters' weight disorders?

A study in the journal Body Image shows how such conversations need to take place so that they do not increase the problem of "eating disorders".

According to researchers at the University of Notre Dame, it is vitally important for a mother to talk about her own weight, if she is speaking about weight loss to her overweight daughter, according to scienceworldreport.

"The daughters who were being encouraged to lose weight but whose moms were not also discussing their own weight concerns were more at risk for development of disordered eating, based on the higher scores on measures of dieting behavior and drive for thinness they reported in eighth grade," said study author Erin Hillard, a developmental psychology doctoral student at the University of Notre Dame, in a news release.

Agreeing that the study seemed to be focused more on what mothers should not address, rather than what they should, Hillard added: "After all, the best outcomes were found for daughters whose mothers were not engaging in either type of conversation. They do shed light on the complexity of the issue of talking to children about their weight in ways that don't lead to poor health outcomes in the long run."

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