DPA - Delaware Psychological Association

Transitioning from the War on Childhood Obesity to the Battle for Body Diversity: Strategies for Reducing Weight Stigma in Pediatrics

  • September 25, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual GoToWebinar


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Transitioning from the War on Childhood Obesity to the Battle for Body Diversity: Strategies for Reducing Weight Stigma in Pediatrics

Friday, September 25th from 12pm-1pm. 1 CE Credit

Please see the Program Brochure for full details.

Presented by Dr. Lesley Williams

Target Audience: The DPA plans and promotes programs serving the continuing educational needs of psychologists and professionals across a variety of disciplines. Through the provision of high quality programming, the DPA hopes to support psychologists and other mental health professionals in their commitment to provide ethical, culturally sensitive and competent services to our community.  

Program DescriptionOne of the greatest casualties of the so-called “war on childhood obesity has been the health and happiness of our youth. Weight-based stigmatization (WBV) has been reported in schools and treatment settings. Studies have linked WBV to disordered eating and increased mental health concerns. much of our eating disorder prevention efforts to date have focused on adolescence, where disordered eating blossoms. Little attention has been given to early childhood where the seeds of negative body image and low self-esteem are planted. this workshop will examine the available data re:weight stigma in pediatrics, the onset of negative body image thoughts in children, the current early childhood positive body image tools, available and compare their data. The ultimate goal is to provide participants with a different perspective on eating disorder prevention. Participants will have a better understanding of how supporting the reduction of weight stigma in pediatrics can be a catalyst to cultivating a new generation of young children who are comfortable with body diversity and less likely to suffer from mental health issues and disordered eating. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss 3 examples of how early childhood weight based victimization impacts mental health.

2. Describe and effectively use 3 positive body image tools available for younger children.

3. Describe why including younger children is important for eating disorder prevention efforts.

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