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Leave the Weight out of Weight-Talk

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A recent systematic review found that parental encouragement to lose weight has a similar negative association with child wellbeing and risks of unhealthy eating as parental teasing or criticism of a child about their weight.

The review identified 42 papers and categorized weight-talk into four communication types: 1) Encouragement to lose weight, 2) Encouragement to exercise/eat a healthy diet without reference to weight, 3) Weight criticism (including teasing), and 4) Impersonal weight comment/discussion. They found that encouraging children to lose weight and criticizing weight were associated with poorer physical self-perceptions and greater dieting and dysfunctional eating. While, parental encouragement of healthy lifestyles without explicit reference to weight was associated with better wellbeing.

Gillison et al., Preventive Medicine, 2016

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