"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image

Many people, especially young girls, struggle with body image issues. In many cases, these problems can be traced to childhood trauma, such as being constantly bullied at school. Sometimes, however, a well-meaning parent may inadvertently do something that can lead to serious psychological problems in the child's later years.

"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-ImageVGstockstudio / Shutterstock.com

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A mom weighs her six-year-old daughter daily, says it “empowers her”

Nadia Udin, a mom-of-three living in Buckhurst Hill, loves her 6-year-old daughter Shifaria dearly. Every day, she tells her girl how beautiful she is, and she also weighs her. Every day.

Kids at school started calling Shifaria “chubby,” and for Nadia, weighing her daughter all the time is a way of monitoring her health. The mom wrote:

When those children said she was chubby, I reassured her that she wasn’t and I always tell her she is beautiful. But, practically, by weighing her I am keeping an eye on her puppy fat.

Actually, weigh-ins are something of a family ritual – Nadia herself, her husband, and their elder daughter, Iman, also weigh themselves daily.

"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-ImageThis Morning / YouTube

Nadia stressed that the issue is not about weight, but about healthy eating:

I’m mindful not to make it an issue about ‘weight’ though. Instead we focus on healthy lifestyle eating choices.

The mom says the whole family eats healthily, with occasional treats. She claims the weigh-ins are totally normal and aren’t hurting her daughter in any way:

This isn’t about shaming my daughter it is about empowering her for the future.

We all jump on the scales together. It’s a family thing. Scales aren’t the enemy. Allowing your kids to get overweight is.

"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-ImageThis Morning / YouTube

When Nadia appeared on the British talk show This Morning and explained her practice, Deanne Jade, a psychologist specializing in eating disorders, expressed concern that constant weigh-ins and obsession with numbers could be setting the girl up for mental health problems in the future. She went on to explain what children really need for good mental health:

What children really need to grow up controlling their weight is self-esteem, so that means dealing with bullies appropriately, and also lots of love, and just rewarding them for other things, not their appearance.

"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-ImageThis Morning / YouTube

How people reacted

The mom was harshly criticized online for the practice of weighing her young child all the time. People in the comments almost unanimously agreed that this kind of weight-watching was unhealthy and damaging. Here’s what some of them wrote:

However, some agreed with the mom:

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What an expert on 'The Doctors' had to say

The mom’s weird practice was discussed on the popular medical show The Doctors. The experts on the panel were in agreement that weighing a child daily can lead to long-term negative psychological consequences.

"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-ImageThe Doctors / YouTube

Psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow said:

Anxiety disorders and even eating disorders are contagious. So we look at research and we see that when a parent has an eating disorder or an anxiety disorder, this is the mom’s issue – this is not the child’s issue. So the mom has this untreated anxiety disorder and she’s actually giving it to this child.

"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-Image"I Am Keeping An Eye On Her Puppy Fat": Mom Weighs Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Every Day, Gets Slammed For Hurting The Girl's Self-ImageThe Doctors / YouTube

We hope the mom actually saw some of the reactions and changed her ways. It would be the best thing for her daughter’s sense of self-worth in the long run.

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