Awww parents, they raise us, love us, help us through difficult times, cheer us on through good times….and love to give unsolicited advice. When it comes to weigh some parents feel it’s their right to tell you where you have fallen off and lost your way. You’re either too big or too small, a little boney, a little chunky, needing more muscles or more muscle definition, better arms, tighter legs, and you always need to put that extra biscuit down. Ugh, mom, dad…can I have my carbs please!
Of course none of these criticisms are out of malice, they’re our parents and they want us to be the best we can be at all times. But sometimes there pressure to live up to their vision of a healthy us can be overwhelming, not to mention annoying. The constant talks about our weight can start to take a negative toll and have us wanting to rebel against the advice rather than listen to it. As children we want to please our parents and we understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, but how do we get them to understand that there is a difference between giving advice or encouraging and pressuring?