If you’ve ever tried dieting, watching what you eat, buying healthier foods, or simply lived a day in 2019, you’re probably familiar with the term, “cheat day.” It’s the phrase we all-too-commonly use when we’re trying to be “good” about eating healthy or giving up a bad habit, but just have to give in for a day…or three.
It’s slang that we throw around casually and don’t often think much about. But one mom is bringing it to the internet’s attention this week after stumbling across a lunch box intended for young girls with the words “cheat day” plastered on the front of it.
Sonny Abatta was shopping at a popular department store over the weekend when she came across a pink lunch box with “cheat day” spelled out in gold sequins across the front.
Surrounded by colorful gummies and several other little girls’ lunch boxes, Sonni says the merchandise was specifically marketed with an aim for “our daughters.”
“I am SICKENED that this phrase is on a lunch box,” Sonni wrote in a Facebook post Sunday night. “We scratch our heads when we see our little girls struggle with body image, with self worth, with confidence.
We wonder, ‘Why do our girls worry so much about their bodies so young?’ … ‘Why does my five year old call herself ‘fat?’ … ‘Why does my middle schooler stand in front of the mirror and find all her flaws?’
THIS. This is part of the reason why.”
Sonny goes on to explain that the mere idea of a young girl thinking she has to control her body image, weight and appearance is unacceptable. And the consumer market ENCOURAGING those thoughts and lifestyle is downright disgusting.