Ban the use of BMI charts and use of the term Obease, especially with children
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BMI charts are not useful measures of people's overall health and wellbeing.
Labelling children overweight and Obease creates stigma and causes them to feel labelled and makes them carry this on into their life.
Kids should be given specific, measureable, achieveable, relevant, ENJOYABLE and REWARDING wellbeing targets set by an understanding and suitability compassionate, experienced professional, who was ideally overweight as a child.
Kids should not be called Obease but should have an individualised health plan which they help to create.
I have struggled with my weight all my life and I know what it means to carry these labels and how useless it is to be told you are fat (and rubbish at sport). It's time we actually helped the kids and parents with relevant, realistic and collaborative health and wellbeing advice and strategies.
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