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.
Laura Anderson, PhD, MSc is an assistant professor at McMaster University and adjunct scientist at Child Health Evaluative Sciences, the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Anderson will be working on the Team ABC3 study: Prevalence and health care utilization of severe obesity in children accessing primary health care in Ontario. Twitter: @AndersonLauraN
Hayyah Clairman is a MSc Candidate at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto; Hospital for Sick Children. As part of her graduate research, she will be working alongside Dr. Jill Hamilton on the study titled: Pathways to eating: Determining eating behaviour phenotypes in children with severe obesity.
Visual images influence public attitudes and shape understanding of issues, often more powerfully than verbal or textual content. Images used to accompany online or print news stories frequently depict people with obesity or overweight from a stereotyped viewpoint – often inactive or consuming unhealthy food or focusing on lower bodies, excluding heads from the frame. While, images of children with obesity or overweight are often unhappy children being bullied, teased, left out, or eating gluttonously.