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And medical providers, just like parents, may find themselves walking a difficult line as they try to discuss this fraught subject without increasing the distress that many children are already feeling.

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Stephen J. And they put this advice in the context of an extensive research literature on how very common it is for children to be teased and bullied because of their weight, and how very counterproductive that is. For all the attention paid to weight and its health effects in medical settings, the social and emotional side is often neglected, said Rebecca Puhl, a clinical psychologist who is a professor in the department of human development and family studies at the University of Connecticut, and the other lead author on the policy statement.

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In a study published earlier this year in the journal Preventive Medicine, Dr. Puhl and her colleagues looked at the longitudinal effects of teenagers being teased about their weight. The study involved over 1, people who had been followed for 15 years and are now in their mid 30s.

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Puhl said. Research shows that two-thirds of adolescents in weight-loss camps report being bullied or teased about their weight, over 90 percent of the time by their peers, Dr. A third report that they are also teased by family members.

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My colleague Dr. We are all, including our children, living in a culture that is profoundly critical of excess weight and at the same time constantly offering opportunities and advertisements for overindulgence. Pont said.

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What this means, for parents and for health providers, is to make sure we see the child, not just the on the scale. The most effective way for parents to help is to make healthy changes for the whole family, regardless of shape or size, Dr. Try making small changes slowly, like adding one new green vegetable into the family diet, not keeping sugary drinks in the home or walking to school instead of driving.

And yes, to bring up the big turkey in the room, Thanksgiving is upon us; here come the relatives.

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Messito said, and some people will overeat in response to feeling stressed. And all the experts recognize that one essential message to children is that however important healthy changes in their diet may be, they can still enjoy special days and special treats and special meals.

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