How to Talk to Your Child About Obesity

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December 18, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

In my Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan course a controversial topic was raised: should parents use the label “obese” around their kids? Half the class believed obesity is a serious problem that needs to be addressed aggressively, while the other half argued that there is a more sensitive way to broach the topic with children and teens. After much discussion, I decided to turn to the official website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in order to gain more insight. 

This helpful article (link below) talks about the importance of focusing on health rather than specific numbers and weight. Children are very impressionable, and therefore easily affected by harsh terminology. For this reason, it is important to focus on the big picture and  getting children excited about making healthy choices. Working as a team will also get your child interested in leading a healthy lifestyle. Families should collaborate with each other, their pediatrician, and a registered dietitian in order to present a united front. Click on the link below in order to get more information on how to tactfully talk to your kids about their weight:

http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6848 

sources: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6848 

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