Discussing Weight Issues with Your Children

I am of the opinion that one shouldn’t need to discuss ‘weight’ with issues with your children. I prefer a more positive approach where healthy food and exercise is promoted rather than “negative talk” which is likely to make the child even more self-conscious.

A new report says parents are concerned that talking to their child about their weight will lead to an eating disorder.

This figure rises to 65% of parents who identify their child as being overweight or obese.

More than 1,000 parents with a child aged 5-16 responded to the Let’s talk about weight survey on Netmums and shared how they feel about bringing up the topic of weight with their child.

I do understand that the problem is more complicated than just advocating health over weight loss. I also realise that children are too smart not to realise that healthy lifestyle measures are a result of their weight issues.

What is your opinion? How should parents discuss weight issues with their children?

Click on the link to read my post, ‘Sparing Young Children the Affliction of Body¬†Image‘.

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4 Responses to “Discussing Weight Issues with Your Children”

  1. studentsathome Says:

    This is a sensitive topic, and I appreciate your perspective. My daughter’s body shape is not stick thin. Instead of mentioning that she’s overweight, we go on walks, play at the park or ride bikes. I limit her sugary snacks and offer healthy meals and snacks with limited serving sizes throughout the day. As I help her learn to make healthy food choices and not to go to food for comfort or overeat because something tastes good, she’s learning to make her own self-control decisions.

    I don’t think any good can come from telling a child they are overweight. I don’t like when people comment about my weight, and those comments honestly make me want to eat more junk rather than reach for carrots. Our kids need love and tools that help them make wise decisions, not criticism.

  2. Margaret Reyes Dempsey Says:

    I completely agree with “studentsathome.” When my son was born, I thought “clean slate.” There was no reason for me to transfer my bad habits on to him. We exposed him to healthy foods and encouraged him to play outdoors. He knows a lot about nutrition as a result, and is even in touch with his body enough to know that when he does overindulge a bit, he doesn’t feel well. This is a kid who tells the waitress he doesn’t want the chicken fingers and fries but would prefer the grilled salmon and broccoli. Sadly, it’s so rare, it always gets smiles and comments from the waitress.

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