Food shaming, BMI measures can harm, Sudbury researcher says
Dr. Adèle Lafrance Robinson says people should promote moderation, overall health
A researcher in Sudbury says it's time to re-think the strategy in the fight against obesity, and focus more on promoting overall health.
She said while there is no question that obesity-related illnesses are a growing health problem, the manner in which weight and health are approached can be harmful to youth and those with eating disorders.
She points to "moralizing" language around "good" and "bad" foods.
"We [should] talk about moderation, so all foods fit," Robinson said. "The minute you have an emotional connection with food, you will engage with that food differently."
"We have to be very mindful not to have fears of foods, or even feel shamed by certain foods."
Dr. Adèle Lafrance Robinson spoke with CBC Sudbury Morning North radio show host Markus Schwabe on Friday.
Dr. Adèle Lafrance Robinson is hosting a presentation on eating disorders on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Sudbury Secondary School at 6 p.m.