CREDN Fall Newsletter 2017
Inside this issue:
BODY LOVE EVENTS
THE FIGHT AGAINST
FOOD & BODY SHAME,IN SCHOOLS
NEDA WALK 2017
IS #BOPO ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE?
The Fight Against Food and Body Shame in Schools
As most of us who either have our own kids or work with children know, diet-culture has been seeping into schools at a rapid pace. Not only are we seeing conversations about BMI happen in gym
and health classes, but students are being policed by teachers in the lunch room. As Leslie Shilling, a mom and eating disorder dietitian, explains in her article,
The Trouble with Food Policing in Schools, “current nutrition policy supports the demonizing of foods using superheroes like fruits and vegetables to combat evil villains
like sweets and french fries.” Have we introduced a new form of bullying to the educational environment? The focus on good and bad weight/food may be worse than the peerto-peer
bullying in that it is not recognized as shaming, and is being practiced through the power dynamic that naturally exists between student and teacher.
It is integral to the future well-being of students that the impact of diet culture in schools be addressed. Research has clearly demonstrated that prevention is key to impacting the development of
eating disorders. Schools are a great place to start! One of our own CREDN members, Valerie Edwards, MS, RDN, decided to take a stand after having having heard too many stories from clients
about body shaming through BMI testing in schools. She wrote the following letter and gathered signatures from fellow professionals to send to the Oregonian and Columbian with the hope of