“There is a lot more parents can do to create a culture in their home that doesn’t tolerate teasing, that focuses on positive body image and promoting joyful behaviors in the home like cooking or playing outside together,” U of I professor Janet M. Liechty said.
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If parents can set the tone for positive body image and eating in the home, it’s less likely that children will feel pressured or bullied by the rest of the world outside the home.
Saltzman added, “Parents do have a lot of responsibility, but they’re not immune to the societal influences on health behavior. We all need to take more responsibility for creating healthy environments for our children.”