Sorry Kid, You're Obese
According to this report by the Associated Press, it’s better to call extremely overweight kids obese, instead of less harsh or cutesy sounding terms. More from Lindsey Tanner:
Less blunt terms used by the government and many doctors diplomatically avoid the term "obese." Instead, they refer to children many would consider too fat as being "at risk for overweight," and "overweight" for those others would consider obese…Eek! This brings back repressed childhood memories, “I’m not fat. I’m big boned.” Or my mother shushing me and asking the department store clerk, “Excuse sir, where the husky sizes?”
...To some extent, the fuzzier labels let pediatricians "off the hook," allowing them to avoid counseling patients who clearly need to lose weight, said Dr. Peter Belamarich, a pediatrician with Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York City.
The blunter terms make sense if they motivate doctors to work with more kids who need help, "but you have to be real careful about labeling or saying it in front of a child," Belamarich said.
"I've had mothers ask me not to use the (obese) label," he said. "Sometimes you can see it in the child's face. They're ashamed."
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