In our home there is a big focus on healthy eating and staying active, and both our children are very active, and make good food choices independently.
However, lately SD has been complaining that she needs to go on a diet. I'm not sure where the idea is coming from, I have asked her why she thinks she needs to diet, and she replied "I'm getting fat. Look at my arms!" (As she pinched imaginary arm flab).
This just completely shocked me. She is a very slender girl. How she can perceive herself as fat I just don't know. I told her (long story short) she doesn't need to diet, she's a very healthy 9 year old girl who has established good eating habits and gets plenty of exercise, and that's what's important - being healthy.
Does this sound like a peer pressure thing, or should I be concerned about eating disorders forming? This is my first foray into body image issues with SD and I'm entirely not sure how to handle it.