Monday, February 23, 2009

New Initiative to Fight Childhood Obesity Announced

Last week a new initiative to fight childhood obesity was announced. Click on the link below for a fuller description.
One highlight of the plan appears to be that insurance companies would not pay for four visits per year to a dietician and four visits per year to a physician for guidance about controlling their weight. I'm always in favor of insurance coverage for preventive guidance, but what concerns me is what is going to be said during those covered sessions. Are children going to be shamed about their weight? Is the message of dietary restriction going to be drilled into them? We know that these approaches don't work. I hope that some of Ellyn Satter's work and ideas are incorporated into any new initiatives. For more information about Ellyn's work, check out her book "Your Child's Weight: Helping Without Harming" or visit her website

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