By Damien Boons
Schools in the UK have launched their own campaign to help combat the growing problem of childhood obesity by enacting a policy to both weigh and measure all students between the ages of 4 and 5 at the beginning of primary school and then again when they move on to secondary school at around 10 and 11 years of age. Schools in the US already have such a policy in place to weigh and measure students at this crucial age, but is it really making a difference?
There have been disputes saying that kids will end up being marked out and be bullied more as a result, thus resulting in a higher number of kids who deal with eating disorders in the future. A lot of people also believe that a parent has the responsibility to inform their child if they have a weight problem and get the money together to help change that if necessary.
It is important that parents learn what it is that they can do to help keep their child’s weight in a healthy range.
Having a clear understanding of your kid’s feelings is important; if a child is being bullied in school, parents have to ensure that they don’t feel “got at” at home by pesky parents, which only lends to the feelings of disappointment and seclusion.
A parent could be a positive role model by offering healthy meal alternatives instead of eating and offering junk foods; however, offering the occasional treat is crucial to avoid becoming borderline strict and further damaging the situation. If an entire family is educated in healthier eating and experiments with newer, healthier recipes, their children are less likely to feel picked on.
But the focus shouldn’t be limited to food, as exercise is also an important component in maintaining a healthy weight. While food is an essential part of life, making it the sole topic of discussion will only be counterproductive and encourage resistance. Being continuously reprimanded because of their weight and overeating increases the likelihood of developing a negative attitude concerning food.
That is why it is important to concentrate on other matters, especially those aspects of life that are least stressful and offer fun and positive ways for a child to spend their time.
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