So I’m reacting to an article that many of my Di1’s want to know my thoughts about…
Which is how to talk to kids about weight and healthy eating.
It was written by Prudence Wade, who from what I can see writes for the Independent. So I will go through what has been said & react to it!
A new resource gives guidance for parents and carers on how to tackle these topics with children aged four to 11.
Talking more positively about food and physical activity in the home could be the key to opening up conversations between parents and kids about weight, according to new guidance.
The resource from researchers at the University of Bath with the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Obesity and Paediatric Specialist Groups gives advice to parents and carers on the best way to talk to children about their weight.
It comes in response to the growing challenge of childhood obesity in the UK.
According to NHS Digital data, a quarter of all children in year six are living with obesity, with the rates being highest in poorer areas. The number of children with obesity has risen in England during the pandemic.
Lead researcher, professor Fiona Gillison of the department for health at the University of Bath, said: “Creating the guidance has been the result of many years of work to try and reduce some of the anxiety, and help families to have open and constructive conversations about weight – if and when they need to.” The guidance, ‘Talking to your child about weight’, was developed with input from experts, children and parents, and focuses on kids aged between four and 11.
Yeah, it’s sad to see that obesity is going up in the UK, and most places around the world!
I know what they’re trying to do, but a healthier option would be to talk to the parents, who are in charge of what comes in and out, in terms of food & educating them first, so then they can pass it down to the kids, having conversations with children like at 4 about weight and all this, it’s you that are feeding them, arm yourself up & stop eating rubbish & they will follow you.
Now eleven can be more tricky lol, however, if there is nothing but healthy choices, they will have no choice & get use to it & might even start to enjoy it..
If your child is obese, that’s down to the parents, what you’re feeding them, not doing physical activities…
Especially when they are 4, 5, 6, 7 & so on, they should be out so much, it’s unreal how a young child as young as that can be obese, but the apple does not fall far from the tree so parents need to educate themselves, before preaching, as you have to be the example.
Key advice for parents and carers includes not ignoring the topic of weight.
Talking about it openly can build trust and prevent children from being ashamed about it, experts suggest.
True, communication is vital, if you avoid and just don’t say anything, the issue is not going away, it will just fester it’s ugly head again at a later date & be much worse than OG started out as.
It recommends being positive about food and exercise – showing eating healthily and moving your body can be enjoyable, and isn’t just about controlling weight.
It also urges against criticising your own or other people’s weight or appearance, saying “this can make children think this is how you will judge them too”.
Facts! young children are watching you, learning from you… You cannot be just saying anything in front of them like they are your friends, lol!
That’s why you can always tell a rotten parent, who’s young child is like a real scumbag or a racist & it’s like your child is too young to know all of this where the hell did they get in from ? (All eyes on the parents, please)
Other recommendations include getting other adults involved, and choosing lifestyle changes together – so your child feels more empowered and involved in the process.
Experts suggest small conversations at natural times can work better than one ‘big’ talk, and some people might prefer not to use the word ‘weight’ – instead focusing on things like ‘growth’, ‘health’, ‘exercise’ or ‘healthy eating’. But that shouldn’t mean ‘weight’ is a banned word.
At the end of the day, It’s a word that is used all the time, so if you don’t use it another will, like at their school.
What’s even worse than hearing from your parent the truth, is them lying to you & then knowing that they are, so when they are being
100 with you, you don’t believe a word of it, as you’re only saying that because (You’re my parents rah, rah rah)
This sounds like for those that are already obese as well, you can still have this convos before it get’s to this point, is my point.
The word weight is not a tabbo word LMAO! You’d only feel some type of way if you feel like you’re overweight right ?
The word weight does not = FAT, we need to stop doing this, like if I say money, does that = BROKE because you may be a lil low right now ?
I hope that make sense, let’s carry on!
It also gives common scenarios – for example, if your child calls someone else ‘fat’ – with suggestions of how to reply.
Experts recommend responses like, ‘I guess he/she is larger than some people, but everyone looks different.’
How long is this going to last for expert ? 4,5,6, from 7 up it’s a wrap!
We as human beings, say the word fat, all this covering up the words, is not doing anyone any good.
It’s down to the fat person to do something about their weight, they are ill, in the physical sense, and need to work on their weight.
It comes from a good place, I know…
However, you have to be real too, if you’re fat you’re going to get ripped to pieces for being fat.
You should not be in the first place for one & for two I hope that pushes you to lose weight and get your revenge in successes and teach those suckers for dissing you.
Even if you do this, the fact you ended up overweight or obese is down to your parents, if it carries on as you get older into adulthood, it’s down to you, it’s like saying a crack head, oh don’t mind him everyone is different.
That would not fly as taking coke is deemed bad, well so is being overweight, not for me…
For your own health!
Stop pointing the finger (Not the article, I’m just trying to inspire) this is you vs you, and get to work, it’s on you parent, it’s on you teenager, it’s on you adult!
Parents could also try asking children how the person would feel if they heard the child saying that, or taking a positive spin, by responding with, ‘Whatever their size, they may be just as clever/friendly as you are, and that’s much more important than what they look like’.
I mean it’s hard to argue with that, they should be nice, very true.
However, it’s always going to be a thing, but it’s something that can be change by the other person taking action.
If they started taking children away from parents for making their kids fat from 4 to 11 & they had to be fit, oh you would see how the energy would change, just like kids skipping to many days off and the parents get called, they want you in so they ass don’t have to go to jail LMAO!
If they did that for keeping your children in shape, you would have slimmer children, with issues most likely to do with be strict on my weight and abuse, if the parent is toxic, which is wrong but if I had to choose between that or having the same outcome, but the child is obese, I’m choosing the slimmer child all day.
I’ve enjoyed sharing that with you, let me know what you think.
Until next time, ciao 🙂
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