Empowering Yourself to Talk to Your Provider about Stigma

My previous posts (Post 1 & Post 2) explained how obesity stigma appears in healthcare, even for children, and how to prepare to talk to your child’s doctor about weight. One of the next things to consider is how to talk to your child’s providers about weight stigma. Patients...



Preparing for the Discussion of Weight with Your Child’s Healthcare Provider

My last post talked about how doctors often stigmatize patients based on their weight. Whether or not your child is affected by obesity, you should be prepared to discuss weight, activity and nutrition when you visit your child’s doctor. It is difficult for parents to look at a child...



Stigma in Children’s Healthcare

I was talking with one of my public health students, the mother of an eight-year-old, when she told me that she was worried about taking her little girl to the doctor. She was embarrassed because she knew the doctor was going to tell her that her child was “overweight.”...



“Mom, Dad… Am I Overweight?”

Talking about weight with your child is tough. But with one-third of young girls and one-quarter of boys reporting weight-based teasing from peers, helping your kids address weight and health is a necessary conversation. When parents search online or ask a medical professional for help in talking with their...



Weight Bullying: Why no uproar?

Two days ago I attended a truly shocking session at the Weight of the Nation meetings by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that highlighted bias issues and one presentation highlighted bullying. The session focused on the numerous studies that show weight is likely the leading cause of bullying...



Childhood Obesity – It’s Complicated

“Obesity Action Coalition, how may I help you?” “Yes, I need to know if you offer information on childhood obesity. My child is overweight and I don’t’ know what to do.” It’s not uncommon on a daily basis for the OAC to receive dozens of calls and hundreds of...




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