I have a somewhat complicated question. I am a father of a beautiful 8 year old little girl. She is a big girl, not fat, just cursed with her father's large size(great if you are a offensive or defensive lineman, not so much for girl). She already suffers from some body image issues. "I'm too fat, I don't like my body, etc." My God, she is an 8 year old girl. My wife and I never criticize her looks and we eat healthy.
I train at least 4 times a week but usually 6 and my wife works around the house (for exercise) and is very healthy and very petite. My daughter eats healthy and plays sports. She absolutely loves PE. We all play outside on a regular basis. We try to be good health role models. Here is my question(s).
I want her to grow up to be confident in who she is, much like many of you T-women. I also hope that she gravitates to her mother's and my healthy habits. How do I encourage her into the healthy life style without her having all the hang-ups you hear so much about? Also, when is it a good time to encourage a more regimented exercise program? Do we just keep trying to be good role models and the rest will come? How, as a father, do I address the body image questions?
Any insights will be appreciated.