– Dr Paul Chadwick at MEND
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.
A new report says parents are concerned that talking to their child about their weight will lead to an eating disorder.