Just this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new set of guidelines developed in response to growing concern about teenagers’ use of unhealthy weight loss methods.
In this detailed report, pediatricians and parents are identified as key players in preventing obesity and eating disorders in teens. Included are 5 evidence-based strategies centered around avoiding focusing teens’ attention on weight and dieting, and instead, on encouraging a healthy, balanced lifestyle. These new guidelines, summarized below, apply to all teens, regardless of weight status.
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ release of these guidelines is an important step toward the prevention of eating disorders & weight-related issues, the seeds of which are planted in adolescence.
To read the original report & supporting evidence, click here.
By Jessica L. Betts, MS, RD, LD
REbeL Program Director