Victoria Beckham stopped skipping meals after becoming a mum

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Victoria Beckham says she stopped skipping meals after she became a mum. [Photo: Getty]

Victoria Beckham has revealed how becoming a mother changed her eating habits.

The 45-year-old businesswoman and fashion designer said she realised the importance of being a role model to her children, including daughter Harper, eight – which meant she stopped skipping meals when she was around them.

“When you have children, it puts a lot into perspective. You realise they notice everything,” she revealed, adding: “I would never sit down with my kids and skip a meal.”

“They need to see that their mum eats healthily — you need to show little people how to be healthy and happy with who they are,” she continued, in an interview with the autumn-winter 2019 edition of Glamour, for which she is the cover star.

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From left, Emmanuelle Alt, Edward Enninful, Romeo Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham, Harper Beckham, David Beckham and Anna Wintour sitting front row at the Victoria Beckham LFW show. [Photo: Getty]

The comments come a day after she was criticised by some of her Instagram followers for allowing Harper to pose alongside catwalk models at her spring/summer show over the weekend.

“Not a healthy body image for a young girl to be mixing with,” wrote one person, while another added, “I think she needs a day surrounded by normal sized women”.

Beckham has previously spoken about her struggles with body image. In her book ‘Learning to Fly’, she revealed she struggled with both anorexia and bulimia.

"In the gym, instead of checking my posture or position, I was checking the size of my bottom, or to see if my double chin was getting any smaller," she wrote.

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In the cover interview, the former Spice Girls singer also revealed she was bullied at school, an experience which affected how she raises Harper.

She says: “I was bullied a lot at school, mentally and physically and the fact that I can talk to Harper about that and how girls should be kind to girls… I use my own experiences.”

Earlier this year, in an interview with Harper’s BazaarBeckham spoke of her own increasing confidence which she said has come with age.

“I'm 45 now and very happy to be the woman I am,” she said. “I'm not trying to change, I want to be the best version of myself.”