HEALTH MATTERS, MARCH 11, 2020: BODY SHAMING

Health Matters

We’re all too hard on ourselves regarding our weight, height and appearance sometimes.

Registerd Dietician and Univerisity of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences Faculty Member Suzanne Henson said body shaming can ruin someone’s self-esteem, but it can lead to lifelong problems for children.

“I truly get concerned working with families, whether there’s a parent and a child or a caregiver who is taking care of children who criticize that child’s weight,” Henson said. “They may not have poor intentions, but my fear is that you can set up a lifelong feeling of shame about your body and preoccupation with dieting that will follow you lifelong.”

Health Matters is produced with the help of the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences and University Medical Center.

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