Unraveling Obesity Labels

As an expert in the area of prevention, you have been asked by a journalist to write a column for an online newsletter for teachers and other professionals who work with youth and young adults. You have chosen to discuss a myth about body image or eating disturbances as your first posting. Because you are writing for a professional audience, be sure to provide research-based responses with reference citations to clear up the misinformation, societal perceptions, and stigma.

According to Levine and Smolak (2006), "Fat people are unhealthy, ugly, and responsible for their condition because they lack self-control or have other psychological problems."

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