Telling kids they are fat

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The number one thing that parents do to put their child at risk, is not loving them as they are; particularly when it comes to their body. A child should feel like they are perfect, just the way they are. Any time a parent says, "That shirt makes you look like you have a belly," even to a five year old. Yikes. You have set the stage. Do not try to change a child's weight. Love them like they are. Your child is voluptuous. You are taking her shopping, and you're not making any comments that she can't wear the shirts that are cut up to here, because her belly is going to show. You don't say a word. As long as the school is okay with it, you're okay with 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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