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SHERYLDS Posts: 17,511
10/5/13 2:59 P

Obese parents are the greatest influence for childhood obesity
Having obese parents is the factor that most increases the likelihood of childhood obesity, according to Stanford University School of Medicine researchers.
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How do parents' child-feeding behaviours influence child weight?
Implications for childhood obesity policy
Parents may inadvertently promote excess weight gain in childhood by using inappropriate child-feeding behaviours. We recommend the development of interventions to increase awareness of the possible consequences of inappropriate child-feeding behaviours. Parents who are concerned about their child's weight will also require guidance and support in order to adopt more appropriate child-feeding behaviours
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SHERYLDS Posts: 17,511
10/5/13 2:49 P

studies show that children as young as 6 years may associate negative stereotypes with excess weight and believe that a heavy child is simply less likable.
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10/5/13 12:12 P

Glad people are becoming more aware of it.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
10/5/13 11:59 A

I think weight overall (obesity, "normal" and underweight) and children's eating habits and the food supply available to them needs to be continually a priority in research and in clinical settings.

But I think the stigma danger arises because we focus so much on obesity only in our culture. Children who are underweight and "normal" weight (e.g., within normal parameters whatever that is) are also important.

Obesity is just a word. Children are people and all people are important.

Guess I am expressing a pet peeve. The world does not revolve around obesity. Achieving a healthy weight is important to every child's well being, whatever their size.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
10/5/13 11:39 A

I would imagine it would not increase the stigma - I think that having more kids who are heavier would probably reduce the stigma, because it's not just "the fat kid" but more like half the class.

Parents don't seem to have any idea whether their kids are overweight or not... isn't that what the studies show... so I wonder how much of an effect it will have.

I agree that it's easier to retrain a kid than an adult - I would say especially when it comes to exercise. It can be really, really hard as an adult to overcome a lifetime of hating exercise because of being bullied in school etc. I know that I didn't approach exercise willingly til I was in my mid-20s and that was mostly because I just had never been given a chance as a kid (or given myself a chance). If this encourages people to let kids try out lots of different sports and games and exercise options without the bullying and competitiveness and negativity that would be a real plus.

As for food... maybe we are doomed... food is not getting healthier. It seemed for a moment that it might but go to any restaurant and see... it is not. Parents can try (if they want to) and schools can hypocritically try (while serving junk in the cafeteria in many cases) but kids and adults are still going to eat what they want, and the market is going to serve them what they want (not what they should eat).

Yes more pediatric bariatric surgery is almost a sure thing isn't it.... and we don't know what the effects of that long-term will be... having a bariatric procedure when a child's bones haven't finished growing - do we really know what that will mean for that child 50-60-70 years down the road?

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,511
10/5/13 6:39 A

Lots of questions go thru my mind with this issue.
Fat kids have always suffered a stigma...will this increase the problem?
Parents have a funny way of dealing with issues...will some of them see this as a reflection on them and put pressure on the child to lose?
It is easier to retrain lifestyles at an early age rather than later...will this be the answer?
What kind of self esteem issues will come out of this?
Will this encourage more medical procedures for obese children....bariatric surgery?

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10/5/13 2:25 A

Interesting question.

My hope is that the interest in childhood obesity will have a positive effect on the children and their families. Hopefully more attention will be paid on preventing obesity and educating adults and children on healthy eating and increasing activity.

With the upcoming changes to health care, especially accountable care organizations and population health management there is going to be a big push for all groups to be healthy. There will be more education on preventing illness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Regardless of how anyone feels about the government health care insurance mandates, I think it's becoming more obvious to everyone that as a society we cannot afford to pay for ill health.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,511
10/4/13 9:21 P


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ON Childhood Obesity
"Because RWJF’s strategy for reversing the childhood obesity epidemic hinges on changing policies and environments, we generally do not support projects that provide only information or education. Because we focus on preventing obesity, we do not invest in research regarding medical or surgical treatment of obesity. In keeping with Foundation policy, we give preference to proposals developed by public agencies and tax-exempt organizations."


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