NEW RESEARCH SUGGESTS that mothers need to be careful when it comes to discussing weight and dieting with their daughters. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, observed girls in Grades 6 to 8, along with their mothers. After studying the way both groups discussed diets and weight loss, researchers found that girls who were engaging in conversations about losing weight with their mothers were at a higher risk of developing an eating disorder. They also found the children with the least body image issues were raised in homes where the mother didn’t talk about weight or dieting.