When I seed statistics like this I get sad. I know we should be working toward a healthy lifestyle especially with such a large percentage of the country considered obese, but how are we going about this? Instilling low self-esteem and poor body image leads to disordered eating (in either direction as an anorexic/bulimic or as an over-eater). We have to find a way of letting our little ones know that it’s all about being healthy and fit and that we are all beautiful in our own ways.

And (to add to that) 81% of ten year olds are afraid of getting fat. Considering I have a fifth grader who just happens to be a girl, that scares me. She has watched me carefully sculpt a healthier routine and way of eating, but how she feels about her weight still sits in the back of my mind with every day that passes. She is tall and lanky, by far way more skinny than I ever was when I was her age (I wore a size 16-18), but knowing the images she is bombarded with on a daily basis has me worried.

Gemini Magazine was started because I hated seeing all of the skinny, perfectly smooth faces and bodies in every magazine on the rack, but I also kept in mind the millions of little girls and boys left to stare at their glossy pages too.  At the check…

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