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What to Say’s 7 Guiding Principles

WithAll has created 7 Guiding Principles that lead our What to Say initiative. They’re simple principles for adults that can be applied in most food and body conversations with kids.

The principles are:

  1. No child should be singled out as a special case needing more attention related to food, body, or exercise.
  2. Health and wellbeing are the goals, not a certain weight, size, or BMI.
  3. Our value does not come from appearance, size, weight, or BMI.
  4. In addition to nutrition, food is also about community, traditions, and celebration.
  5. Food choices should not be talked about as a moral issue (i.e., “clean,” “junk,” “bad,” etc.).
  6. Exercise is important, and its value is not in controlling weight, size, or shape.
  7. You aren’t always going to get it right. And that’s okay.

By signing our What to Say pledgeyou’ll unlock access to complete articles about each principle that include the principle, why it matters, practical applications, and more. These articles will give simple tools to make easy behavior changes that have a positive impact on the kids in your life. 

SIGN THE PLEDGE. GET TOOLS.
LEARN WHY THE PLEDGE WORKS.
LEARN WHY DIET AND WEIGHT TALK IS HARMFUL.
ABOUT WHAT TO SAY.