As you know, I am not a big fan of the narrow view that childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes are simply a function of diet and exercise. Not only does that lead to a perpetuation of weight bias it fails to recognize the complex nature of these conditions and the mental and emotional challenges they face.
A new whiteboard from the team from Trillium Health Partners has addressed this issue. They suggest we apply a S.A.F.E approach to dealing with youth. Promoting SLEEP and ACTIVITY for better emotional health, as well as Family Meals/Forget Pop and recognizing/addressing the EMOTIONAL needs of the child.