Can you control your child's weight?

Philippines
February 28, 2007 4:01am CST
there was a survey in CNN about whether parents can control their child's weight. I thought it would be nice to hear some thoughts on this.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
Actually, this is very easy to do. Parents have the greatest influence on what the child eats. So if the parents give their children health foods always, the child will not gain too much fat in his body and his weight will be kept at the desirable levels per height and age considerations.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
You're right! Parents have the greatest influence on a growing child. Balanced diet and outdoor activities help keep your child healthy and in shape.
@FrancyDafne (2048)
• Italy
1 Mar 07
Yes, this is a very important issue, the weight of our children. My son is 7 years old and in this period he's getting too fat.... a pair of weeks ago we started a little "diet", I forbade him to eat sweets and chocolates. At first he got angry, but as my son is an intelligent child, he understood that he was becoming too fat and so he's happy to go on with his diet. He started to go to gym, till now he didn't take some exercise, but now he takes it and so I hope to see him less fat in a pair of weeks.
• Philippines
6 Mar 07
Way to go! you've done the right thing by your son. Making him realize that he needs to keep in shape and healthy should be done at an early age. Getting him into habit shouldn't be so hard on you.
@yanjiaren (9050)
28 Feb 07
Oh i watched that too. I think it is paramount that parents try their best to monitor their kid's weight. With the right diet and regular amount of exercise i am sure parents can play a significant role into the health and wellbeing of their child and the child's weight. Obesity is an illness more paramount in industrialised nations than any other part of the globe. But it signifies another kind of poverty. Lack of education and lots of junk food. It doesn't help.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
obesity or malnutrition can be an indicator of one's lifestyle. But the point is not about how poor or rich a child is. Every parent should know that health comes first in anything. Parents should prepare only organic and nutritious meals and snacks, and discourage their kids from buying junk or street food.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Sometimes obesity is genetic, but I believe parents can control their childrens weight. If parents make healthy meals on a regular basis and teach them these good eating habits I think it makes a big difference. Also, instead of only having junk food like chips and candy around the house, they should offer healthy alternatives, like fruit, veggies and dip etc.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
You've taken the words out of my mouth. lol. kidding. You're absolutely right! Good eating habits lead to a healthier lifestyle. Organic foods are much safer and more nutritious than junk or street food. (smile)
28 Feb 07
I do try to control my childrens weight. If they are looking a bit skinny I will try to give them more food and increase some of the fat in their diet. If they are getting chubbier I will give them less unhealthy snacks as I don't want them to have a problem with their weight as they get older. I think it is possible for parents to control their childrens weight, and I think they should be encouraged to do so.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
yup you're right. I gave all of you + rating for your responses. I highly appreciate your time and concern. Thank you. (smile)
@teison2 (5923)
• Norway
28 Feb 07
I think there are lots of reasons why a child puts on or looses too much weight. Sometimes I believe the parents can controle it, sometimes not. i do believe that parents should try their best to do so. It is vital to learn about good nutrition and health from an early age. I believe what you are used to growing up will stay with you for a long time. Doing what you can to improve your childs health and life expectancy is an important part of parenting.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
yup, i'm with you. Good parenting skills include getting children into a habit of eating healthy. Thank you for the response.
@ravibabli (1557)
• India
28 Feb 07
Yes I think parents can control their children.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
I think so too. Thank you for the response. (smile)
@dubaimt (273)
• United Arab Emirates
28 Feb 07
yes, parents can control their children's weight, especially if asked by the pediatrician to do that. but there are other parents (the late Anna NIcole Smith they say) is too obssessed on having their kids, even in early stages, be "sexy" thus depriving them of what kids love to eat. i believe there should be some age bracket on when to control their eating. ask a doctor, for sure he will know best.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
well, anna nicole smith must be rolling in her grave right now. Let's keep her out of the discussions next time. (smile) Whatever she did to her children is her right, technically. Advice and recommendations are just there to remind us but they don't have to tell us what to do. (smile) YOu're right, though, that parents can control their child's weight. Pediatricians determine whether the child is malnourished, healthy or obese. In this case, a once in a year check up is good for children. Thank you for the response.
@maribel1218 (3085)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
My child is 3 year old and he is not so overweight just enough to be called healthy and alert. I really think some of the major factor that contribute for a child to become overcome are the food they ate and the milk he drink. There are some formulated milk that keep the children really fat and there are milk which are focused on a brain enhancement rather than body fat milk.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
You're absolutely right. There are different kinds of milk and some of those aren't very good for the baby. Fat milk isn't healthy in the long run. It's good to hear that your baby is healthy Maribel. (smile)
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I do believe we can controll our childs weight by feeding them healthy foods everyday and by watching what they eat. Its the parents job to lookout for what they are eating. If you get your child to eat healthy and teach them then when they are older they will be eating healthy on their own.
• Philippines
6 Mar 07
i think so too. Training kids to do what's right is well and good. Not only do children stay in shape, but also they get into that habit which is hard to break. Eating healthy is one of most needed habits children should be trained.
@Sicantik (706)
28 Feb 07
I do believe you can... My son doesn't need to control his weight because he is very active like most 2 year old. But if a child do need to control his weight I think the parents can help them by not only cutting the fatty food but also keep them active and you can keep your child active by simply play with them. Believe me when a child get so excited playing they sometime almost forget about food..xx
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
I agree. Activities are nice to keep children in shape. thank you for the response. (smile)
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 07
Yes I think you can but at the sounds on this way the Parents need professional help so I do hope that they will get. I do not understand though how the Parents have managed to let the Child get this big, do they not realise that they are killing their Child doing this.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
I hear you. Parents think letting their kids eat to their heart's content is healthful. Or maybe they think children are growing up and need more energy boosting foods or probably they're too busy with their careers to watch what their kids eat. In any case, parents should keep an eye on their kids' diet. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. A hackneyed saying but a well-meaning one.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
28 Feb 07
Some morbid obesity causes are genetic or due to uncontrollable reasons. In those cases it's obvious that parents can do little about it. But in many many cases, in most cases actually, it's a combination of factors: nowadays kids don't run in the street, they stay at home. They don't play with other kids, they are alone, playing with the PSP, the Wii etc. They eat junk food more times a week than it would be desirable. All those factors together cause the current situation, and many parents don't know or care to do something about it, since it's more comfortable to give them junk food than vegetables because they will like it more and won't complain, or buy them a psp instead of going out to the park with them after a long day at work.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
Yup, technology is taking over the role of working parents. Parents think they can keep their kids from the street by engaging them in computers, psp, etc.
@sujikka (76)
• India
28 Feb 07
Childs weigth can be controled.If her mother feels she is overweight her mom can stop giving fatty foods, make her do exercises to reduce weight.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
YOu're absolutely right! Nothing is impossible.lol. Mothers should be more vigilant about her child's weight. (smile)
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I think it really just depends. There are certainly cases where the child is overweight and the parents are to blame. They set him/her in front of the television all day, and allow them access to any kind of food they wish to eat. In these cases, yes it is obvious that the parental influence or lack thereof is the cause of their obesity. On the other hand, there are some children who are overweight due to medical reasons, such as thryroid problems etc. I think a lot of people blame genetics too much though, even though you have a mother who is over weight does not mean that her daughter is predestined to obesity as well. Yes if the mother continues the same eating habits and cooks the same way she always had, her daughter will problably not be a healthy weight, but if the mother decides to make some changes, there is no reason her daughter has to be fat. Having said that, there are some children/adults who will never fit into the size that society dictates they must. SOme woman, no matter how much they exersize, will never get down to a size 5, but they look great in their size 9. I think people put too much emphasis on sizes and not enough on healthy living, eating habits.
• Philippines
6 Mar 07
You couldn't have been more right. There are many contributing factors to child's obesity or malnutrition. But parents can still do something about it.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Thanks for best response!
• United States
28 Feb 07
I think you can to a certain extent. You can monitor what they are eating at home. It's better to buy healthy foods instead of stocking up your cupboards with junkfood. Instead of buying soada and juice, you can buy a sports drink instead. My kids are always *HUNGRY*! They are looking for junkfood. I have food here but it's not what they want to eat. I do buy snacks for my kids but it's a one snack per week rule. Once it's gone that's it.
• Philippines
6 Mar 07
you're a wonderful parent. I think cutting down on your children's junk food is a good idea. However, I think it's also a nice idea if you don't give them some money. Money gives children the freedom to choose what to eat. Thank you for the response. (smile)