‘My Tummy Looks Fat’ – Body Image, my Kids and my Chronic Illness

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Tripping Through Treacle

“Mummy, I don’t like my tummy…it looks fat.”  

Imagine my horror when my 6 – year old daughter (yes, I said 6) said this to me the other day while I was helping her apply her nightly eczema cream.  Apparently, a child in her class had commented that it looked as though she had a “baby in her tummy” whilst they were getting changed for P.E….. and so it starts.

I remember all too well comparing myself to others when I was younger – although, for me, it started at a much later age than 6.  My little girl’s body shape is exactly like mine was at her age – strong and solid with, yes, a little bit of a tummy.  But she is a perfectly healthy weight for her height, she eats healthily most of the time and exercises regularly.

It is no wonder that children (girls and 

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