Monday, June 16, 2008

Maybe it's a good thing I'm not having a girl...

Was sitting on the bus this afternoon, taking the boys home from school, and overheard the following conversation going on between a group of girls aged between 12-14...

G1: Right, so we all agree to REALLY encourage each other then?
G2: Yep, yep, it's really good, last night I lost 400g JUST doing 30 situps, 25 push ups, and a few laps of my hallway...
G3: Also, if you drink lots of water it really helps you not feel hungry...
G1 (to G2): You should get off the bus a couple of stops early and walk, it's really good exercise...
G2: Yeah, I guess, but not today, I've got to get home straight away because mum wants to take me [somewhere, I didn't hear]...
G1: C'mon, don't be lazy!
G3: You're so lazy! It's just an extra km or something!!!

And so the conversation continued... I should add, these girls were NOT overweight. They were also talking about how their mums were really fat, and one of them had told her mum she was a fat lazy cow.

I couldn't help but think that this kind of talk, at THAT age, can only lead in two directions - either 10 years from now, they'll REALLY be struggling to lose weight because they've totally screwed up they relationship with food, and their metabolism as well... Or they'll be sufferers of Anorexia or Bulimia or both...

I know boys also have these issues, but not to the same extent as girls, and so for once, I guess I'm happy I don't have that to worry about - because listening to those girls made me feel bad for their mums. Do their mums know their barely pubescence, normal weighted girls are DIETING?

3 comments:

Stitch Sista said...

Sif they probably got the idea to diet from their mothers! Infact their mothers have probably groaned about their weight from day dot and it was only a matter of time before they started fixating on their own...

So sad. I don't remember anything like this when I was at high school. I mean we might complain a bit about our bodies but we never actually did anything about it LOL!

Nic said...

Yeah, so sad :-(

Sif said...

You're probably right, Rach, they probably did hear it from their mums. All some mums at the school gate seem to talk about is what their latest exercise regime is...

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