Do you parent a fat child? This letter comes from a large woman raising a child who is now teased for her size. Should she put her child on a diet? Take her to the gym?
- 12 in 100,000 children have Type 2 Diabetes* yet 2900 in 100,000 children experience an eating disorder**. Statistically, worry more about eating disorders than increased adiposity.
- Teach kids how to have a healthy body image and a healthy relationship with food.
- Is fat a bad word? Let’s neutralize it. Just may be the key to positive body image and respecting others.
- The Division of Food Responsibility by Ellyn Satter
- What to do about junk foods? Stop calling them junk and refer to them as fun foods because they are fun! Offer them a few times a week at a snack or as part of a meal.
- Do you make your child go to the gym? No pain no gain = more body hate. Encourage movement that feels pleasurable. As a parent, our job is to help children to connect to the movement their body prefers.
- *Writings Group et al., “Incidence of Diabetes”
- **K.R. Merikangas et al. “Lifetime Prevalence of Mental Disorders in US Adolescents: Results from the National Comborbitity Survey Replication-Adolescent Supplement.” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 49, no. 10 (2010): 980-9.
- Helping Your Large Child in a Fat Phobic World
- Eating Disorder Dietitians
- Julie Dillon RD blog
Food Peace Syllabus Additions:
- Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming by Ellyn Satter
- Your Dieting Daughter: Antidotes Parents can Provide for Body Dissatisfaction, Excessive Dieting, and Disordered Eating by Carolyn Costin
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