Katherine Schwarzenegger Praises "Normal" Upbringing in New Book

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You're likely familiar with the parents of Katherine Schwarzenegger.

But this is probably the first time you've heard of this 20-year old, which speaks to the new author's upbringing. Speaking to USA Today about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and mother Maria Shriver, the USC junior said:

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"They were very protective of having us in the public eye when we were younger. We didn't go to Hollywood premieres. We practiced community service. We went to school and camp like normal kids."

Despite this healthy childhood, Katherine has written a book - "Rock What You've Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty From Someone Who's Been There and Back," out tomorrow - which details the struggles she faced as a fourth grader.

"It was the first time I was aware of my body and compared what I looked like to what other girls looked like. It freaked me out," she says. "I want to let girls know they are not alone with the changes and doubts about their body."

Schwarzenegger stands 5'8" and is a size 6.

Katherine says she never had an eating disorder, but engaged in a "friendly competition" with a friend growing up and tried to remain below 100 pounds.

Along with working out and maintaining a healthy diet, of course, Schwarzenegger cites an open communication with one's parents when it comes to the issue of body image.

"My mom was always good with me. She always checked in with me. I had the best relationship with my mom. I still do. I talk to her four times a day.... I also have an amazing relationship with my dad. ... I talk to him about boys, about going out, about what I'm interested in, about business."

We hope all the parents out there are paying attention. Way to go, Governator!

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She seems like a lovely girl, but from the photo I doubt very much that she is a size 6. If you're proud of your body image, tell the truth about it.

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You guys should have left out the "5'8" and is a size 6" bit. Patting her on the back for promoting positive body image is great, but it's unnecessary, hypocritical, and just annoying to then throw in her vanity sizing info (she's no size 6, honey... maybe an 8, on a good day... more likely a 10). The media's hypocritical messages on body image can't be any better for young girls than the 5'11" 110# supermodels they see in the fashion mags (I'm thinking Kardashians loving their curves/ pushing diet pills, Jessica Simpson loving her curves/promptly losing them -again- after showing up on tabloids in ugly jeans, etc)

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