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Childhood Obesity PreventionInternational Research, Controversies and Interventions$
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Jennifer A. O'Dea and Michael Eriksen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572915.001.0001

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Stigma and BMI screening in schools, or ‘Mom, I hate it when they weigh me’

Stigma and BMI screening in schools, or ‘Mom, I hate it when they weigh me’

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(p.17) Chapter 2 Stigma and BMI screening in schools, or ‘Mom, I hate it when they weigh me’
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Childhood Obesity Prevention
Author(s):

Lynne M. MacLean

Mechthild Meyer

Audrey Walsh

Kathryn Clinton

Lisa Ashley

Stephanie Donovan

Nancy Edwards

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572915.003.0002

‘Mom, I hate it when they weigh me’. These words were uttered by a child of one of the authors of this chapter. This quote was chosen as the title of this chapter on stigma and BMI screening in schools since it captured some of the experience of children made to feel different in a public setting because of their weight. School is a particularly important public setting, full of children striving for acceptance by their peers, as well as themselves, hoping perhaps to stand out in terms of achievement but not in terms of characteristics that will lead to ridicule and isolation. What role, if any, might Body Mass Index (BMI) screening in schools play in increasing stigmatization of the overweight/obese? Are there solid reasons justifying BMI screening in schools? Might other approaches provide us with the same information? This chapter explores some of these issues and offers some alternative paths for dealing with weight issues in the school setting.

Keywords:   BMI, stigma, screening, schools, measurement, weight, overweight, obesity, children

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