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Parents Fear Talking To Their Children About Weight

Posted Jul 01 2012 9:44pm

From The Daily Mail…..

As many as two out of three parents fear that talking to their children about their weight will lead to them getting an eating disorder.

Some believe that discussing the issue will lower their children’s self-esteem, while others avoid it even if their offspring are fat, says a survey.

Experts warn that parents are wrongly estimating their children’s weight by looking at them rather than making a simple calculation that will show whether they are overweight or obese.

The findings come from a survey conducted by the healthy lifestyles organisation Mend (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition . . . Do it!) and the Netmums parenting website to mark National Childhood Obesity Week.

The latest figures from the schools child measurement programme show a third of 11-year-olds are overweight or obese – so fat it threatens their health.

The new survey reveals that two out of five parents fear that talking about weight to their offspring will lead to an eating disorder. This rises to two thirds of parents who say their child is overweight or obese.

More than a third of parents (37 per cent) feel that talking to their children about their weight might lower their self-esteem. Two in five parents have tried to do so, but almost half of those who had an overweight or obese child said it was an ‘unhelpful experience’ for the family.

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