The Impact of Stigma on the Child with Obesity: Implications for Social Work Practice and Research
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- Lawrence, S.A. Child Adolesc Soc Work J (2010) 27: 309. doi:10.1007/s10560-010-0208-7
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Childhood obesity has greatly increased in the past 20 years and is highly stigmatized in today’s society. The effectiveness of obesity prevention efforts is threatened by the systemic impact of stigma that surrounds obesity. As childhood obesity increases so to does the responsibility of social workers to implement multi level interventions that not only assist children who are experiencing stigmatization, but are aimed at reducing stigmatization. This article reviews the origins of overweight stigmatization and the psychosocial influences of such stigmatization. The implications for social work practice and research from a systemic approach are addressed.