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You may be surprised to learn that weight bias occurs in the home. However, a Rudd Center study found that family members are a frequent source of weight stigma toward youthParents might make mean remarks about their child’s weight, or siblings may bully and tease a brother or sister affected by obesity or a higher weight.

A good first step is to take an honest look at your personal attitudes about body weight. Do you make any assumptions about persons with obesity or have negative views about body weight? At home do you encourage healthy habits? Do you help your child if he or she is struggling with weight? You can begin to eliminate weight bias in your home by using sensitive, careful language about body weight, by creating opportunities to motivate and model healthy behaviors for the whole family, and by having open conversations about weight bias and ways to deal with situations of teasing and bullying.

Did you know…

When parents make negative comments in front of their kids about others’ and even their own weight, children often adopt and express the same negative attitudes.

Parents who tease their children about weight often set the stage for siblings to engage in teasing as well.

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