Health Tip: Discuss Weight With Your Child12/27/11
(HealthDay News) -- Talking about weight with your child can be
difficult, but it's important to foster a healthy attitude toward
weight and eating.
The American Dietetic Association offers these suggestions for
having this discussion:
- If your son or daughter is overweight, encourage the child to
take action to lose weight. Take steps toward this end as a family,
so your child doesn't feel isolated.
- Never bribe or punish your child to lose weight.
- Make sure both parents and other family members agree on how to
best handle weight issues, so the message to the child is clear and
- Talk to your child's doctor about weight.
- Seek help from local programs or professionals who can help
your child deal with weight issues.
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