Bullying and obesity

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Bullying and obesity

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Most kids who are heavy experience a lot of teasing and social stigma because of their weight. Parents need to be aware of that and get it corrected at school. If it's going on, teasing, is it hazing, bullying, that should not happen. And if it's about weight, it is a crisis and you should do something about it. At home, parents should not put kids who are heavy on diets. They should not be restricted, they should not "skinny Sally gets dessert but chubby Benny doesn't." Wrong. Dessert should be served to both children, snacks should be the same. Parents should hold to normal eating and no judgment about body shape and size. Let biology take care of it. You are providing for your child, they're wonderful the way they are. They deserve and are entitled to healthy meals and snacks when they're hungry. And that's all; that's it.

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Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, is the founder of Dartmouth College’s nationally renowned nutrition programs. Currently, Dr. Herrin conducts a private practice in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Marcia received her doctorate in nutrition education from Columbia University. At the University of California-Berkeley, she received her master’s degree and completed a dietetic internship. More recently, Marcia has completed two trainings with James Lock and Daniel le Grange in Family-Based Treatment (Maudsley). She also is certified in Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Weight Management. Besides a fulltime counseling practice, Marcia has written three books and is working on her fourth. The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders tells parents everything they need to know about eating disorders. Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders tells professionals everything they need to know about working with food in eating disorders. Marcia has been featured in People magazine and on Today and 48 Hours. Marcia credits much of her success with patients with eating disorders and obesity to her own struggles with and recovery from these conditions. Her childhood, as the oldest of six children growing up on a Montana ranch, is another significant influence.

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