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Global News Toronto: Weight shaming: Should a Child’s Weight be Discussed in Front of Them?

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EDMONTON – Lauren Wood says her five-year-old daughter Lillian can’t seem to stop thinking about her weight ever since a visit to a Strathcona County immunization clinic in August.

A public health nurse described Lillian as “large” on the BMI (Body Mass Index) scale. Lillian was in the room at the time.

She and her husband didn’t fully realize the statement’s impact on Lillian until they left the clinic.

“On the way home, she asked if she was too big, and why she was too big. And then later she was playing, and got on the scale…and asked us if she was still too big,” Wood recalled, adding how hard it is to see her daughter pre-occupied about weight at such a young age.

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