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AAP: Empathetic counseling needed to address pediatric obesity stigma

November 20, 2017

A ‘patient first’ approach using positive language and actions is encouraged when treating children who have overweight or obesity to reduce the stigma surrounding the conditions, according to a policy statement issued by the AAP Section on Obesity and The Obesity Society.

“Treating obesity is complex and challenging,” Stephen J. Pont, MD, MPH, FAAP, founding chair of the AAP Section on Obesity Executive Committee and medical director of the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, said in a press release. “Sometimes, we can forget the burden that weight stigma places on children and families struggling with obesity.”

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