Safe Ways To Help Kids Lose Weight

March 25, 2012 by staff 

Safe Ways To Help Kids Lose Weight, How healthy is “baby fat”? It’s no secret that childhood obesity is epidemic in the United States. The Centers for Disease reports that the percentage of obese kids has tripled over the last thirty years and that one-third of American children and adolescents are obese or overweight.

The risks of being overweight are well documented, but how to actually tackle the problem is far less clear to most families. Writing for the April 2012 “Shape” issue of VOGUE, mom Dara-Lynn Weiss touches on many of the obstacles facing parents who try to help their kids achieve a healthy weight. When Weiss’s daughter, Bea, was seven, her pediatrician diagnosed her as seriously overweight.

With the help of a childhood-obesity specialist, Weiss put her on a diet. Other parents were shocked at the idea of restricting a child’s eating and even her daughter’s grand parents (who eventually came around) begged to give her larger servings of pasta and junk food. Weiss writes, “Everyone supports the mission but no one seems to approve of my methods.” Not to mention her daughter, who balked and whined about taking her lunch to school and missing out on the processed treats that other children were allowed to eat.

Weiss recounts that as part of the process, she had address her own issues around food. She admits to having tried every kind of diet including raw food and juice fasting and once “begging a doctor friend to score me a prescription of fen-phen”-after it had been found to have serious side effects. She also acknowledges her approach to her child’s nutrition before she went on a supervised eating plan had been haphazard and inconsistent.

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