Childhood obesity warning

A new report says parents are concerned that talking to their child about their weight will lead to an eating disorder.

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Parents 'are avoiding the issue of children's weight'

Tackling the issue of children's weight is a growing problem and it's concerning a third of parents are avoiding the issue for fear of lowering their child's self-esteem.

"Every parent wants the best for their child and although initially it may be a tough conversation to have, the family talking together and working together to find healthier ways of eating will lead to happier and healthier children."

– Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard

Parents 'do not recognise obesity in their children'

Research shows that telling if a child is overweight by sight alone is generally inaccurate and usually leads parents of overweight children to mistakenly conclude that are a healthy weight.

Parents are unable to tell if their children are healthy or not Credit: Reuters

If left unrecognised this may have major implications for the childs future health.

With over a third of children classed as overweight or obese in the UK, only a very small proportion of them are getting the practical support they urgently need to reach and maintain a healthier weight.

Weight 'can no longer be a taboo subject between parents and children'

The majority of parents of overweight and obese children are taking the courageous step of talking with their child about weight related issues despite concerns that by doing so they may also be doing harm.

"This is an awful situation for parents to find themselves in and many parents are probably quite distressed about this.

"With obesity affecting a third of the UKs children, we can no longer afford for weight to be a taboo subject.

"Its crucial that we talk about obesity in a helpful way with a focus on the positive aspects of being healthy rather than looking good.

– Dr Paul Chadwick at MEND

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Parents 'afraid to discuss weight issues with children'

A new report says parents are concerned that talking to their child about their weight will lead to an eating disorder.

This figure rises to 65% of parents who identify their child as being overweight or obese.

More than 1,000 parents with a child aged 5-16 responded to the Let's talk about weight survey on Netmums and shared how they feel about bringing up the topic of weight with their child.

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