Episode 95: What To Do When Your Kid Gets Called “Fat”

January 8, 2020

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Episode Overview

In today’s episode, Annie and Jen have a discussion around what to do when someone calls your kid “fat.” It can be a tough conversation to navigate in a way that supports your child, builds resilience, and doesn’t reinforce fatphobia. Tune in for Annie and Jen’s suggestions on getting through these conversations with growing kids.

 What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Unpacking your baggage around the word “fat”
  • How your response can influence your child’s reaction and feelings
  • Reclaiming the word “fat”
  • Media messages about fat
  • Navigating conversations about fat with your kid
  • How to respond when your kid is living in a larger body
  • Accepting your child’s body
  • Role modeling body acceptance
  • Questions to ask your child after they confide about their experience
  • Building resilient kids
  • Talking about fat in a neutral way
  • The role of fat
  • Helping your child brainstorm responses
  • How to center their feelings about what happened to calibrate your response
  • Making the decision to teach toughness or tenderness
  • The power of TILT
  • What to do when your kid is using the word “fat” as a weapon
  • Teasing and setting limits around teasing



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.