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February 24 - March 1 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week has partnered with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) for an Embrace Your Genes Campaign. The idea is to promote healthy body image based on YOUR genetic makeup and find jeans that fit your body type. For every discount redeemed will donate $20 to NEDA for eating disorders research and awareness promotion.

How do parents promote healthy body image in children and prevent or correct dangerous childhood obesity? It's tricky business but here are some tips:

      • Do fun things together with your children as family exercise
        • Go roller skating
        • bike riding
        • take walks or hikes together
        • Make these habits that you do on a regular basis so that children look forward to them as part of their routine
      • Role model making healthy eating choices, body acceptance and exercise
      • Help children be aware of messages in media that encourage unhealthy body images
        • watch TV shows together that address eating disorders (like DeGrassi Jr. High) and discuss together
      • Promote self-esteem for children's accomplishments and achievements rather than their physical appearance
      • Include males in household chores and remember that they too are prone to eating disorders
Thank you pulihora for use of photo Jeans.
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