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.


10/10 Recommend to family, friends, & clients 

Sound advice, presented in an easy to understand, approachable way. As a woman, mom, wife, daughter, friend, and Registered Dietitian - I recommend this podcast to everyone including my clients. I'm a huge fan of Balance365.  Keep it up ladies! Your friend, @dietitianchels :)


Outlook shifted 

Since listening to this podcast (and being part of the Facebook group(s) of B365), my whole outlook on myself, my body, my wellness, my worth has changed for the better. I thank these ladies for showing me another way to be in this world. I no longer obsess over my weight or food. I very much look forward to each podcast released!


My Morning Coffee Date 

Especially in 2020, having a little positivity is so important. Every time I listen to this podcast, not only do I have a smile on my face, I discover something about myself. And I consider myself to have a whole hell of a lot of self-awareness to begin with! It's almost cliche to say this now but it truly feels like you're having coffee with girlfriends!