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 our home is probably the best chance she has at getting positive reinforcement like that.”

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The NFL player, 29, went on to share that they have “a couple of fun traditions” they do as a family before Drew’s bath time. Often, they’ll stand in front of the mirror so Drew can see herself.

“I’ll say, ‘Oh, wow, look at the perfect baby,’ ” East adds of their bath time routine. “Just trying to do little things like that where she sees herself and relates it with positive things.”

Johnson says that as Drew gets older, they’ll continue to have conversations about body image. The athlete shared her own story, she says, “to tell more and more people that we’re not all perfect.”

“I wish as a kid, I had someone who had gone through that and had coached me through it and shared their journey so I didn’t feel alone,” Johnson says.

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The couple have recently partnered with battery brand Duracell to get the word out about their lithium coin batteries, which have a bitter coating on them to discourage babies and small children from accidentally ingesting them.

“We’re new parents, and we have no idea what we’re doing, and we can research and prep and prepare and baby-proof all we want, but we’re still learning new things every single day,” Johnson says of the potential safety hazard. “It was just shocking to see that there was so much more we had to learn and to do to protect our baby.”

“There’s nothing that a baby won’t find that has potential to hurt them,” East adds. “And we’re in the phase now where Drew’s running around and we’re putting up the baby gates

Andrew Cuomo on coronavirus response: ‘I put my head on the pillow at night saying I saved lives’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday appeared to boast of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, declaring during a conference call: “I put my head on the pillow at night saying I saved lives, that’s how I sleep at night.”

The Democratic received some pushback online, with many pointing to his March 25th mandate to send coronavirus patients to nursing homes from hospitals – a decision some say factored in to nearly 6,000 deaths.

In this Sept. 29, 2020 photo provided by the Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo delivers a COVID-19 update during a briefing in New York City. 

In this Sept. 29, 2020 photo provided by the Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo delivers a COVID-19 update during a briefing in New York City. 
(Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)

The mandate required nursing homes to take in patients so long as they were medically stable. The nursing homes were further prohibited from testing incoming residents for the virus before they arrived.

More than 6,300 COVID-positive patients were admitted to nursing homes between March 25 and May, according to a report from the New York state health department. The high number of admitted patients has been widely blamed for the state’s official care home death toll of more than 6,600.

An analysis from the state health department determined that there was no causal link because “the timing of admissions versus fatalities shows that it could not be the driver of nursing home infections of fatalities.”

Still, Cuomo’s mandate stoked the ire of a lot of nursing homes. Rob Astorino, a Republican candidate in the 40th district State Senate race told 77WABC’s Lidia Curanaj that the nursing home owners he spoke to “were upset by Cuomo’s directive.”


“They were overwhelmed with sick patients, understaffed, and lacking in the proper PPE as well as equipment to treat and protect others from catching the virus.”

Pressed on the matter Wednesday during the conference call, Cuomo rejected the premise that the number of nursing home fatalities was linked to his March 25th mandate.

“The premise of your question is just factually wrong, the virus preys on senior citizens,” Cuomo said.


As of Thursday, the virus has claimed some 33,159 deaths out of 76,754 cases recorded in New York since the pandemic began, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

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