Health and weight

Advice from parents to other parents and health professionals

Messages for other parents
 
  • If you want your child to lose weight or you are concerned about your child’s weight, ask questions of healthcare professionals until you get action. 
  • Focus on your needs and your child’s needs.
  • Get as informed as you can. You can get a huge amount of information from online forums.
  • Have a healthy balanced diet yourself. Introduce children to a variety of food.
  • Cook from scratch using raw ingredients and teach your child how to use a kitchen and to be self-sufficient.
  • Get help if you feel you need it.
Messages for health professionals
 
  • More information and advice should be available to parents on how to help their children manage their weight.
  • Dietitians should give individual tailored advice and information and not give the same diet sheets to everyone because it won’t work.
  • Health professionals need to identify weight problems earlier and work with the child and the family.
  • Doctors need to be sensitive. If a child has weight problems arrange to talk to the parents alone.
  • Health professionals shouldn't have pre-conceived ideas and stereotypes in mind when treating different families and children. Everyone is an individual and your approach needs to be tailored to their individual needs. 

Last reviewed February 2015.

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