Can you tell if your child is overweight?
According to a new study, you may be underestimating your child's weight. A large proportion of the parents of overweight children—and especially mothers, who are surveyed more often—do not perceive their children as overweight. In some studies, the percentage of parents who don’t realize (or won’t admit) that their child is overweight has been reported to be as high as 80% to 90%.
One thought was that we have a greater percentage of overweight and obese children. So overweight kids don't stand out as much as they used to twenty years ago.
Regardless, of the reasons, it is important to first start with a pediatric check up and see where your child is on the growth chart. You can also use our BMI calculator designed for kids but remember this is just one measurement and has to be combined with other factors. If your child is indeed overweight, then working with a dietitian is recommended. The basics will still apply:
Don't single out your child, work as a family to eat healthier
Set one or two goals for changing eating habits and track them.
Be patient, positive and encouraging.
General guidelines of areas to work towards:
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