How Shawn Johnson and Andrew East Reinforce Positive Body Image for Their 10-Month-Old Daughter

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Shawn Johnson and Andrew East are already committed to making sure their 10-month-old daughter, Drew Hazel, has a positive view of herself.

The couple recently opened up to PEOPLE about the small, and adorable, ways in which they reinforce a positive body image for Drew. The effort is especially important for Johnson, 28, who recently told fans about her struggles with eating disorders after competing in the 2008 Olympics as a gymnast.

For East, welcoming his daughter last November helped open his eyes to the burden of a negative body image.

“Now that I have a daughter, I feel like I have a different perspective on it, whereas before, I don’t think I really understood the body image issues as a male as much,” he tells PEOPLE.

“But now it’s something that I’m consciously trying to build in Drew as a positive self-image, because I know that

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Little Known Facts on The Importance of Self Image

It is not a surprise to most people that health studies point to

popular culture as a perpetrator of body image which has

corresponded to the self image and well being of women AND men.

What may surprise you is that this is not a new phenomenon.

Is the rail thin appearance of runway and magazine models a new

obsession which has started young girls and women on a path

towards starvation, malnutrition and disorders such as anorexia

and bulimia?

Actually, No.

The western world created a popular culture of ‘you can never be

to thin’ as early as the 20’s when flapper styles caused women to

starve and over exercise their bodies to attain the flat chested,

androgynous look that was popular at that time.

The fuller figure did make a comeback during the depression, but

quickly reverted in the 60’s with thinness being equated with

physical beauty.

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