PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes recent evidence on weight stigma experienced by youth with overweight or obesity . We examine the prevalence and sources of weight-based victimization targeting youth, consequences of these stigmatizing experiences for their psychological and physical health, and considerations for addressing weight stigma in clinical practice and pediatric care .
RECENT FINDINGS: Weight stigma is highly prevalent among youth with high body weight, who are targets of weight-based victimization from peers, parents, and teachers . These experiences place youth at risk for psychological distress (primarily depressive symptoms, low self-esteem, and suicidal ideation), worse social and academic outcomes, and adverse physical health consequences including maladaptive eating behaviors, lower physical activity, substance use, and weight gain . Healthcare professionals and clinicians have important roles to play in efforts to help reduce weight stigma and support youth with obesity . Fundamental to these efforts is the use of supportive, compassionate, and non-stigmatizing communication with youth and their families.