Adopt anti-harassment and discrimination policies about body size.
A recent New York Times article reported that 85% of kids have seen a classmate teased about their body size in gym class. I asked a class of middle school kids when I was teaching if they had ever seen that happen. Every single child raised their hand. These fears of being singled out and teased are a big part of the pressure the kids experience to try to manage their body size.
Schools should have protocol in place for teasing or harrassing based on weight or appearance and make sure it is enforced, just as if someone were being teased about race or religion.
We woke up one boy who I just mentioned said he won’t tease anyone about body size anymore, which is another good thing about this discussion.
They also need to review posters/books/material to make sure they include all shapes, sizes in addition to including racial diversity.
Kids with larger bodies often feel invisible. It is hard to be larger than others in our Kardashian Culture of today.
Schools also need to ensure students of all sizes are encouraged to participate in activities.