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Fat-Shaming Leads to Weight Gain

By and Thursday, 27 June 2019 12:49 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In the 2018 film “Dumplin,'” Rosie (Jennifer Aniston) is a former beauty queen and mother of a teen (Danielle Macdonald) nicknamed Dumplin' — a toxic label given to her as a child because she was heavyset.

In school and at home, the only thing anyone seems to notice about Willowdean (her real name) is the extra pounds she carries.

That is, until in an act of courage, Willowdean shocks her world by enrolling in the local beauty pageant. All of the bullies (including her mother) are left stunned by her talent.

Unfortunately, such a tale of fierce victory isn't often the case for young people dealing with fat-shaming.

A study in the journal Pediatric Obesity followed more than 100 kids around age 12 for more than eight years. The researchers found that overweight kids who were ridiculed or teased ended up packing on more pounds — a 33% greater gain in BMI and a 91% greater gain in fat mass annually — than overweight peers who reported no fat-shaming.

If your child is overweight, do not criticize her/him for how she/he looks or what she/he eats. Let your child know that bullying is never okay, and they should report it.

Consider finding a mental health professional to help your child (and you) deal with the issues that may be fueling weight gain.

Then lead by example: Make buying and cooking healthy foods family fun time; do physical activities together daily.

Build healthy habits over time, and your child will find strength and happiness in discovering new skills and interests — and healthiness.

© King Features Syndicate

Researchers found that overweight kids who were ridiculed or teased ended up packing on more pounds than overweight peers who reported no fat-shaming.
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