What is a good way to approach the issue of weight with my children?

Usually a child’s primary care physician would approach the issue of weight with you and your child. In fact, a weight loss intervention has to address the parents just as much as the child because many parents do not realize that something has to be done. It’s not like you can tell a child to avoid sugary drinks—you really have to tell the parents so that the drinks are removed from the household.

Weight can be an emotional issue for all involved, and children become increasingly aware of this as they get older. It is important to communicate effectively with children about healthy lifestyle choices and try to structure family activities to appropriately encourage them. Your thoughts on weight issues may be different than those of your child; it is important to reach a common ground, because everyone internalizes the issue differently.

Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, MD

When you are approaching the issue of weight with your children, you want to give your kids the tools they need to make healthy choices on their own. In this video, pediatrician Joanna Dolgoff, MD, explains her diet strategy for overweight kids.

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