Concerns with the AAP's position
However well-intentioned they were meant to be, the AAP's guidelines should be addressed. The IAEDP has a few specific concerns and plans for correcting them.
Fighting fatphobia and negligence in healthcare
What’s really driving these AAP guidelines for childhood “obesity?” Fatphobia and weight discrimination in the health care system. These hurtful attitudes can result in weight gain and increased risk of developing eating disorders and other health issues often blamed on weight. (6)
The AAP is reckless and uniform in making recommendations that fly in the face of practices that medical professionals who treat eating disorders know to be dangerous and deadly. This is negligence.
Where do we go from here?
Within Health and other IAEDP members are committed to raising awareness of fatphobia and weight stigma in healthcare, calling out harmful practices, and increasing access to and providing weight-inclusive healthcare for all.
This includes addressing the AAP about the grave danger presented by its guidelines and imploring the organization to revise them.
We are just beginning this critical opposition work. For the physical and mental health and well-being of everyone fatphobia and weight stigma have harmed, we will persist.