The other F-word

Obesity affects a staggering one-third of the children in the United States. It’s a topic many parents are talking about with their children, but there’s one word they should leave out of the conversation: fat. …

There is a stigma with the word fat , and it can demoralize people — it is the exact opposite of what we as parents want to do for our daughters and sons. I don’t believe that parents should stop, or even scale back, talking to their children about health, weight or lifestyle changes — in fact, I think that should happen more often. But those conversations can be even more successful when the fat word is eliminated. …

Obesity was recently classified as a disease by the American Medical Association, emphasizing the need to discuss weight — but, it is how parents talk to kids about being overweight or obese that will make the most impact on their health in the future.