Concern regarding childhood obesity remains a primary focus of public health officials, clinicians, individuals, and families in the United States. Accordingly, numerous weight-focused public health interventions, such as school-based body mass index (BMI) screenings and report cards sent home to notify parents of their child’s weight status, have been developed. Although the goal of these interventions is to reduce obesity, the percentage of youths with elevated BMIs has continued to grow,1 and, correspondingly, so too has the percentage of youths experiencing weight stigma and body dissatisfaction.2
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Richmond TK, Thurston IB, Sonneville KR. Weight-Focused Public Health Interventions—No Benefit, Some Harm. JAMA Pediatr. Published online November 16, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.4777
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