Picture this. A boy and a girl are sat a table for dinner with their parents. When serving, the girl is told not to fill her plate too high – her parents assure her she does not want to feel bloated in the morning or put on too much weight. No comment is made while the boy serves. They sit down, and enjoy dinner. Following, when the boy is done, his dad exclaims that he did not eat much, and encourages him to have seconds or thirds – he is a ‘growing man’ after all. The girl watches this with confusion – she is growing too, so why is it that even one plate is apparently ‘too much food’ for her? The meal commences; the girl may still be hungry, and the boy may be stuffed; yet the happy faces of their parents confirm that they have done the right thing.
So what’s going on here?
All of the blogs on From Our Eyes have been written by young people. They are about the kind of issues and problems teenagers face on a constant basis, as well as worldwide epidemics that not only youth, but EVERYONE experiences day to day.