The right and wrong way to help a child with their weight

The right and wrong way to help a child with their weight

This is a noteworthy article on the potential harm of putting children on diets. It backs up my own experience that getting kids to move more and tune into their bodies – to only eat when hungry and stop when feeling satisfied – is a better approach. It’s empowering rather than demeaning and teaches them useful skills they can carry into adulthood.

A reasonable goal for overweight or obese primary school age children is to stay the same weight for a year and catch up by growing taller. Take them to your GP a couple of times to check their growth rate is not affected.

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/good-parenting-or-figure-fascism-20120418-1x73o.html