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Million Moms Challenge: Healthy Body Image for Girls

Healthy Body Image for Girls

If anyone ever needed a boob job, it would be me. And there are times — shopping for bathing suits, for example, post nursing — when I thought deeply and seriously about it. But what’s held me back is this imaginary conversation that I picture myself having with either of my two daughters, now 9 and 11.

Them:  “Why can’t I get plastic surgery?!! YOU DID IT!”

Me: “Good point. But you don’t NEED it. You are beautiful as you are!!”

Do any of you remember the National Geographic magazine images of the Asian and African women with elongated necks? Apparently, the Padaung (Kayan Lahwi) women of the Kayan people begin to wear neck coils from as young as age two to stretch their necks.

For the rest of the post on plastic surgery and teaching girls about a healthy body image, please go here.


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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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