Guest speaker Kathy Kater will present “Promoting Health Instead of Size: Teaching Kids to Care for Their Bodies” at Friends School of Minnesota on October 1, 2013 at 6:30-8:00 p.m. This event is open to the public.

This is event is sponsored by Friends School of Minnesota’s Parent Involvement Committee (P.I.C.). RSVPs very much appreciated 651-917-0636.

Friends School of Minnesota is located at 1365 Englewood Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota, 55104.

Presentation description:

Alarming campaigns to “prevent childhood obesity” make headlines daily, presenting genuine concerns. But  size prevention campaigns also adds to weight stigma and to unrealistic fear of fatness—further loading the gun for eating disorders while fueling anxiety about weight and body dissatisfaction for everyone.  It is well documented that instead of helping, weight stigma and body dissatisfaction cause an adversarial relationship with the body that leads to poorer eating and fitness habits, diminished health, and ultimately, weight gain.  In this light, short-sighted and partial perspective approaches must be stopped and replaced with new models for health that “first do no harm.”

The Healthy Bodies; Teaching Kids What They Need to Know curriculum, published in association with the U.S. National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), is a universal, size neutral, health promotion curriculum targeting the risk factors common to rising rates of obesity and eating disorders alike with 11 engaging lessons. Promoting health instead of size, lessons teach students to develop an identity based on inner qualities versus appearance, stay in tune with their bodies, aspire to eat mindfully for health and fitness, accept the diverse sizes and shapes that result, and to be savvy about and resilient in the face of contrary cultural pressures.

When educators and parents understand that weight-centered approaches to health add to problems, they are open, even eager to learn an effective alternative to confront common risk factors for obesity and eating disorders in today’s challenging environment.  This presentation provides evidence about why it is more important than ever to promote health vs. size to the next generation, and how to urge lessons promoting this paradigm in schools.

About the presenter:

Kathy Kater, LICSW is a psychotherapist and internationally known and respected author, speaker, and consultant who has specialized in treatment and prevention of the full spectrum of body image, eating, fitness and weight-related concerns for over 30 years. Frustrated that progress made in understanding the causes of these concerns had not been matched by effective prevention, Kater developed the Healthy Body Image curriculum in 1998 and 2005, and the Healthy Bodies curriculum in 2012. These lesson plans aim to inspire boys and girls to invest in caring for their bodies from the inside out; in eating well, enjoying physical movement and fitness, and in appreciation of the healthy, diverse sizes and shapes that result.

Jeannette Lutter-Gardella, Assistant Head of School