When schools cause harm

November 20, 2014

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A Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) with a master's degree in dietetics & nutrition. My passion is helping you find peace with food - and within yourself.

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I have encountered multiple instances over this past week of schools inadvertantly harming their students.  The sad thing is that the harm occurred while they were attempting to help.  Well, it didn't help, it actually hurt.

Examples of harmful things schools are doing:

  • BMI report cards
  • Presentations about eating disorders that basically become a "how to" 
  • Teaching kids to label foods as "good/bad" or "healthy/unhealthy"
  • Assigning students calorie counting assignments
  • Restricting portion sizes at lunch to "fight obesity"
  • Converting play into exercise – dooming the kids to hate physical activity as adults
  • Creating weight bias and non-acceptance of various body types

This list could go on and on. No more weighing, labeling, hating, fighting, shaming. It's so much more useful to focus on acceptance of our bodies, of all types of food, of playful forms of movement.  Let's launch these kids into adulthood with a positive view of their bodies and a normal relationship with food. 

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