Overwhelmed by your pre-teen’s weight gain? It is common for pre-teens to undergo major body changes in every part of the body during the pre-teen years. Kids become hefty, their appetite increases and eating portions increase too. Though this is a common phenomenon, it is a matter of utmost concern to parents. The question here is that, should it really be a point to worry upon?
Registered dietitian nutritionists feel that it depends on the parent to take weight issues into concern. The main point here is the way in which a parent handles these changes in their child. School workloads, more screen time, increased junk foods, less parental control and less time spent playing outside can pile up the kilograms. If a parent plays the perfect role of setting the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating habits, there is nothing to worry about. Otherwise, a child’s relationship with food may suffer and might also end in pre-eating disorder problems.
Maintain a Low Profile on the Child’s Weight
When it reaches a point where the increasing weight patterns should be addressed, don’t keep nagging or constantly commenting on your kid’s eating patterns as they may be counter-productive. Instead, try to accommodate these key points to help your pre-teen achieve a healthy weight:
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.