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When we asked open-ended questions about people's experiences of weight stigma from family members, it was often really harsh criticism, teasing, making fun of them, those ranged from calling them fat or' thunder thighs' to making statements that they will never find anyone to date them because of their weight -- really disparaging comments that have a long-term impact.
One of the things we've also found, particularly for girls, is that even when parents bring up weight in a kind of more neutral way, it can still make them feel emotionally distressed, so it may be best not to mention weight at all, i do think that we can substantially reduce weight stigma in the home environment by focusing conversations on health and health behaviors rather than the number on the scale or physical appearance.
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