Our Kids Deserve Weight-Inclusive Care

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published some disheartening guidelines around extreme weight loss measures for kids and teens. Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center (ERC Pathlight) strongly oppose these guidelines — and we’re here to answer your questions and help you advocate for your child.

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Health is not defined by weight and body size. A variety of factors influence a person’s health, from genetics to environmental and social factors, like what neighborhood someone grows up in and their ability to access quality health care. Weight stigma can make us focus on body shape and size in conversations about health. Weight-inclusive care treats the whole person and targets multiple pieces of the puzzle, acknowledging that no one piece makes someone “healthy” or “unhealthy.”