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Transitioning from the ‘War on Childhood Obesity’ to the Battle for Body Diversity: Strategies for Reducing Weight Stigma in Pediatrics

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About the Course:

One of the greatest casualties of the so-called ‘war on childhood obesity’ has been the health and happiness of our youth. Weight based stigmatization (WBV) has been reported in schools and treatment settings. Studies have linked WBV to disordered eating and increased mental health concerns. Much of our eating disorder prevention efforts to date have been focused on adolescence, where disordered eating behaviors typically blossom. Little attention has been given to the early childhood years where the seeds of negative body image thoughts and low self esteem are initially planted. This workshop will examine the available data re: weight stigma in pediatrics, the onset of negative body image thoughts in children, the current early childhood positive body image tools available and the comparative outcomes data re: their efficacy. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to provide participants with a different perspective on eating disorder prevention. Participants will have a better understanding of how supporting the reduction of weight stigma in pediatrics can be a catalyst to cultivating a new generation of young children who are comfortable with body diversity and less likely to suffer from mental health issues and engage in disordered eating.

This course is based on the book, Transitioning from the ‘War on Childhood Obesity’ to the Battle for Body Diversity: Strategies for Reducing Weight Stigma in Pediatrics created by Lesley Williams, MD, CEDS in 2020.

Publication Date:

Jun 2020

Course Material Author

Lesley Williams, MD, CEDS

Course Creator

Sandi Cardaman

Sandi Cardaman has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for more than 15 years. She has worked with eating disorders, domestic violence and clients who are working with the dependency system.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Provide 3 examples of how early childhood weight based victimization impacts mental health

  2. Identify and effectively utilize 3 positive body image tools available for younger children

  3. Verbalize why including younger children is important for eating disorder prevention efforts

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Course Number 102903
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