Promoting Health Instead of Size: Teaching Children to Care for Not Compare Their Bodies

Busting Myth #3. Dieting is not an effective weight loss strategy.
Anti-obesity messages are everywhere in our culture. Some are subtle, some are right in your face. From electronic media, to magazines that criticize every public “figure,” to billboards that tell us our kids are too fat to have a normal childhood, our cultural fear of fatness is pervasive. It even follows our children into the doctor’s office. So now, it’s not only their best friends who tell them, “you need to lose a few pounds”: the medical establishment is quick to join in.

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