Obesity is contagious. New research demonstrates that you can "catch" it from your older siblings! Read More
Studies show that dieting, even that considered “naturalistic”, among young people lead to weight cycling [Naturalistic weight reduction efforts predicted weight gain and onset of obesity in adolescent girls; http://ebn.bmj.com/content/3/3/88.full]
There is an evidence-based compassionate alternative to conventional dieting: Health At Every Size®. Please consider this alternative prior to making a decision that may result in weight cycling.
I would also like to recommend the free NAAFA Child Advocacy ToolkitSM (CATK) and other written guidelines/resources. The NAAFA Child Advocacy Toolkit shows how Health At Every Size® takes the focus off weight and directs it to healthful eating and enjoyable movement. It addresses the bullying, building positive self-image and eliminating stigmatization of large children. Additionally, the CATK lists resources available to parents and educators or caregivers for educational materials, curriculum and programming that is beneficial for all children. It can be found at:
For more information on Health At Every Size, you can find a general explanation on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_at_Every_Size) or find in-depth research-based information in the book Health At Every Size - The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Dr. Linda Bacon (http://www.lindabacon.org/HAESbook/).
I've often thought about how I imitated my brothers, who were avidly athletic and seven and nine years older than I, when they came home from football practice or neighborhood pick-up games and ate a package of macaroni and cheese or three peanut butter and mayonnaise (ugh!)sandwiches. I didn't have that mechanism that said, "You're stuffed" as I "snacked" along side them.
They were getting enormous exercise, and thereby stimulating dopamine and serotonin efficacy in the bring, while I got some and was depressed at a very young age, partly, I realize from the new science of food addiction, because of the affects of those kinds of food on my own half-baked brain. (See http://www.drpeeke.com/web/page/695/sectionid/695/interior.asp)
An interesting piece -- thank you for posting, although the title should be IS Your Brother or Sister Obese? (The or makes it a singular verb.)
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Edward Abramson, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, the author of It's NOT Just Baby Fat! and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California State University.
When and how should we open up to loved ones?