The girl (who was quite thin) couldn’t have been more than nine years old. She hadn’t even hit puberty yet.
As an eavesdropper on her private musings, I was saddened.
A nine year old who is constantly weighing herself is at war with her own body.
Rather than enjoying physical activity, feeling strong, and taking care of herself, she is thinking about what she can’t eat, the calories she needs to burn, and the pounds that she believes need to come off.
There are young children in our communities who are trying to lose weight at a time in their lives when they are growing the fastest. They need the fat, the calories, the carbohydrates.
When children withhold food and calories from themselves, it can lead to severe physical and emotional problems. Yet they are pressured, even at a young age, to focus on the scale, count calories, and measure up to what society determines is attractive.