National Eating Disorders Association

Attention given to obesity and weight control has skyrocketed in recent years, ingraining words like "BMI," "obesity epidemic," and "diet" into our national vocabulary. Though efforts to combat obesity are well intentioned, the research is clear: overemphasizing weight can encourage disordered eating and have counterproductive effects.

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References

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