Weight Lifting Dangerous For Kids

January 27, 2012 by staff 

Weight Lifting Dangerous For Kids, A new poll says 30% of parents have seen at least one worrisome behavior in their children that could be associated with an eating disorder-and they’re blaming it on school-based anti-obesity programs.

Of course, lowering childhood obesity rates is a good thing, but it seems a lot of school programs are taking a dangerous approach: Instead of teaching kids how to life a happy, healthy lifestyle through positive role models, they teach them how not to be obese. The difference-inspiration vs. fear-makes all the difference between controlling obesity and, it appears, eating disorders.

According to a new report from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, their national poll on children’s health examined the possible association between obesity prevention programs at the schools and an increase in eating disorders among young children and teens. What they discovered was many of the parents were worried about these programs actually back-firing and having the opposite effect that they were intended to.

Overall, 82% of parents said there was at least one school-based childhood obesity intervention program taking place in their child’s school. This included programs on nutrition education, limiting sweets or “junk food” in the classroom, height and weight measurements, and incentives for physical activity. All of which is fine, assuming it’s presented in the right way. But apparently it’s not, according to one-third of the parents who say they have noticed at least one behavior in their kids that could be related to developing an eating disorder. This included inappropriate dieting, excessive worry about fat in foods, being preoccupied with food content or labels, refusing to eat family meals and exercising too much.

Just as troubling is that 7% of parents also reported that their children have been made to feel bad at school about what or how much they were eating.

In a statement, Dr. David Rosen, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School and Chief of Teenage and Young Adult Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics agreed that this trend of putting too much emphasis on healthy behaviors could have a negative impact:

When obesity interventions are put in place without understanding how they work and what the risks are, there can be unintended consequences. Well-intentioned efforts can go awry when children misinterpret the information they’re given.

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