"You're fat," "You eat too much," "You do not need to exercise," - such remarks are not only offensive, but they can also have detrimental consequences for a child who is overweight in the future.
According to the results of studies published in the journal Jama Pediatrics, young women who were repeatedly reminded of their fullness in childhood, the risks of obesity by 19 years increased by 66%. Also, the dependence was revealed: the harder the labels were attached, the more likely it was that the child would have a harder time fighting against excess weight.
"For a child or teenager to try to lose weight - it's like trying to grow. Both are incredibly difficult at a small age, the materials say. "If you use derogatory stereotypes about excess weight and direct them to the child," motivating "it in such a way, this will negate all the efforts you are making to normalize the weight." Scientists plan to continue to trace the consequences of branding children with epithets "fat" and "fat", after scaling up young people after 20 years.