Thursday, July 06, 2006

Calling kids fat: does it help? ::

"If that same person came into your office and had cancer, or was anemic, or had an ear infection, would we be having the same conversation? There are a thousand reasons why this obesity epidemic is so out of control, and one of them is no one wants to talk about it."

The diplomatic approach adopted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and used by many doctors avoids the word "obese" because of the stigma. The CDC also calls overweight kids "at risk of overweight."


Blogger secretdubai said...

Well, their schoolfriends will still call them fat, and they'll see the word fat all over the media.

If they can't even use the word "obese" it's ridiculous. They're not "at risk of overweight" - they are overweight, and damaging their future health.

Better to normalise the word "obesity" as a medical condition like eczema, asthma, myopia - a whole range of disorder children suffer from - and treat it like a disease. Diabetic kids, kids with allergies, coeliac kids have to have special meals and treatments, obese kids are no different.

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