Family Practice

Other studies indicate that from 3 years of age, children show a negative perception with regard to obesity and this remains throughout childhood (Mahoney, J & Lord, H, 2005). On the other hand, overweight children are more difficult for gross motor activities, so sometimes they avoid participating in such activities. Wendy Ward-Begnoche and Suzanne Speaker in his article: Overweight youth: changing behaviors that are barriers to health published in The Journal of Family Practice (2006), discussed some of the obstacles to losing weight, as the family: It is common that parents of overweight children evade the situation and perceive their child as a child with a normal weight when it is not. And is that over the years we have become accustomed to think that an overweight child is a healthy child, because we say you eat well, even the parents often hear that is not fat, is robust and this distorted perception of reality not allowing parents to act in the health of your child. Another barrier mentioned is the attitude of parents toward physical activity, if a parent is used to lead a sedentary life, this attitude will influence their children. Children look at parents a reference, a figure which can be identified, so it is recommended that to promote in children sports or physical activity, parents will also be involved in such activities. What I can do if my child is obese or overweight? Overweight and obesity are diseases that must be addressed holistically, in addition to the pediatrician, we recommend consulting a nutritionist to design a special meal plan for your child.