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Health Tip: Discuss Weight With Your Child

Health Tip: Discuss Weight With Your Child

12/27/11

(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 consistent.
  • 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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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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