Feeling Bullied by Parents About Weight
As the New York Times reports, a recent study from the journal Pediatrics shows that parents who bully their kids about weight may be doing more harm than good. In a study that asked 350 kids who had attended weight loss camps about their experiences being bullied because of their weight, 37% reported feeling bullied by their parents.
Parents may be under the perception that a little teasing might motivate weight loss. But even well-intentioned commentary can trigger unhealthy relationships with food among kids. This can lead to depression or long-term eating disorders.
Instead, doctors encourage parents to focus on health, not weight. Parents can create a healthy environment for their kids by serving healthy, balanced meals and encouraging the whole family to be active together.