Teas­ing a child about their weight may risk them of hav­ing a binge eat­ing dis­or­der

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“Do you re­ally need to be eat­ing that?” “Slow down, I’m wor­ried about your health.” Th­ese are just a few of the many weight- and eat­ing-re­lated com­ments a Huf­fPost reader named Haleigh heard from her par­ents. They may seem in­nocu­ous to some­one who doesn’t strug­gle with weight or didn’t grow up be­ing con­stantly crit­i­cised for their body. But th­ese and other com­ments made Haleigh, who at 5’6 was a per­fectly healthy 160 pounds in high school, in­vest in a per­sonal trainer and the Weight Watch­ers diet pro­gramme. The weight-based crit­i­cism also made Haleigh feel ter­ri­ble about how she looked, which in turn fed un­healthy be­hav­iors in­clud­ing se­cret eat­ing.

Jaclyn Saltz­man, a doc­toral re­searcher in hu­man de­vel­op­ment and fam­ily stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Illi­nois, isn’t sur­prised that Haleigh strug­gled with se­cret eat­ing, a char­ac­ter­is­tic of binge eat­ing dis­or­der. In a re­cent re­view of the stud­ies on binge eat­ing dis­or­ders in chil­dren, Saltz­man found that weight teas­ing and parental emo­tional un­re­spon­sive­ness are the two fa­mil­ial be­hav­iors that are most con­sis­tently linked with child­hood binge eat­ing. Huff­in­g­ton Post

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