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Comprehensive pediatric care includes monitoring and addressing habits such as nutrition and physical activity that support a healthy body weight. But addressing weight issues with a parent, let alone a child, may not be easy, especially if the child is already significantly overweight or obese.
Parents may not realize their child is overweight because he looks like so many other kids his age. Also, parents may not be ready to accept the information for a variety of reasons: They may not be prepared to make the changes necessary to help their child achieve a healthier weight, or they may have weight issues themselves.
However, in view of the immediate and long-term medical and psychological complications associated with children being overweight, it's important to have a conversation with parents if their child is overweight or obese.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
Once the discussion has begun, it can open the door to identifying barriers and finding solutions. When this occurs, goals can be set and outside referrals, if warranted, can be discussed.
To reach the OWL clinic, call 617-355-5159.
To reach the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital, call 617-355-6097.
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