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Overweight Kid: 5 Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

Your child’s pediatrician is a great source of information if you have an overweight kid. Your doctor can help you determine if, in fact, your child is overweight. And, your doctor is an excellent source of tips and info to improve your child’s health and lifestyle.

Parents do not always know when their child is overweight. The younger the child, the greater the chance that your child is overweight and you don’t know it. You may just consider his or her chubby tummy and thighs as baby fat.

Most kids start to lose their baby fat by the time they reach five years of age. But some kids retain some of that baby fat and add even more due to poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. This leads to overweight kids.

Overweight kids are prone to weight-related medical issues like diabetes high blood pressure. Even if they don’t have medical issues, they are susceptible to body shaming by everyone around them.

Your pediatrician can be an excellent source of information for you. He or she can determine whether the child is overweight. They are also prepared to help you with tips about how to focus your child’s food intake and activity levels.

What to Ask Your Pediatrician About an Overweight Kid

Before the doctor can answer any of your questions, he/she must evaluate specifics about your child. These specifics come from a BMI analysis and answers you provide.

Starter Considerations by Your Pediatrician

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that a doctor measure a child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) starting when a child is two years of age. The BMI is a number calculated based on the child’s height and weight. The BMI, combined with the child’s age and sex can help the doctor determine if the child’s weight status (underweight, normal, overweight and obese.)

Your doctor will ask you about family weight issues. Your child’s weight is often a function of genetics; or, it could be signal of family-wide unhealthy eating habits and minimal exercise. Unhealthy family eating can make it common for overweight children to have one or two overweight parents.

Your child’s eating habits will be the next inquiry by your pediatrician. He/she can give you tips on what your child should eat, portion sizes and best frequency for eating meals and snacks.

Activity levels and exercise habits will provide a perspective on your how your child uses the foods he/she eats. Your doctor can provide ideas on how to get your child moving.

Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

  1. Is his/her weight in the healthy range for his/her height sex and age?
  2. How can I help my child develop healthy eating habits without body shaming him/her?
  3. What are good snacks for my child?
  4. How often should I check my child’s weight?
  5. Will puberty cause a change in his/her weight?

One last thought: If you have an overweight kid is it critical that you find a pediatrician who is size-friendly and will not shame your child about their weight or put your child on a rigorous diet.

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Helpful Recommendations for Popular Body Acceptance Kids Books

Body shaming and self-acceptance have become hot education topics; so, there are many body acceptance kids books available these days. Some of the books focus on self-esteem, some celebrate all shapes and sizes and some add messages of treating others with kindness. So, the more body acceptance books kids are exposed to, the greater the chance they will start to accept and celebrate their body and the bodies of those around them.

Great Body Acceptance Kids Books

For Ages 1-8

For younger children, look for a book that tells its story using kid-friendly content with colorful images and fun themes. The goal is to find a story line that is so engaging that the child will want to reread the book over and over.

Our GrandStyle editors recommend the following body acceptance books for kids under eight. These books are fun and well-written and, as a result, have proven to be very popular with younger readers and listeners:
Body Acceptance Kids Books - It's OK To Be Different

  • It’s Okay To Be Different Bright colors, witty characters & content and bright-colored silly images…just downright great fun! 4-7 years.
  • Dancing in the Wings Written by choregrapher Debbie Allen. Sassy wants to be a ballerina but she is worried that her feet are too big and her legs are too long. A famous director comes to her class and Sassy does her best to get his attention and win him over. 4-8 years.
  • Your Body is Awesome: Body Respect for Children This book is beautifully written, wonderfully illustrated, easy to read and delivers a very important message in an enchanting manner regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. 4-7 years.
  • Shapesville is a picture book about five friends who are all different shapes, sizes, and colors, each with a unique talent. The characters encourage the reader to be proud of their body. 3-8 years.
  • I am Tooki: A Book About Being You Tooki is a friendly owl who teaches children to love themselves unconditionally, recognize their own uniqueness, and treat others with kindness. 1-8 years.

For Ages 8-Preteen

Older children and preteens are more engaged with a book that tells a powerful story. Therefore, fun, colorful images are not as important as the book’s theme and content.

Here are some of the most popular body acceptance and self-esteem books for the older child and preteens:
Body Acceptance Kids Books - Smile

  • Smile This is the story of a sixth grade girl who falls and injures her two front teeth. Over the next years she suffers through surgery, false teeth, orthodontia and the body blues of a maturing body. The story is well-told and takes the reader through all the challenges faced by a middle school girl. 8-12 years.
  • 45 Pounds (More Or Less) Ann, a sixteen year old girl, is asked to be a bridesmaid by her aunt who is getting married in two months. Ann decides she needs to lose 45 pounds before the wedding. The book has a realistic storyline, believable characters and a story of courage and triumph.

Due to their self-esteeming content, body acceptance kids books can be great presents for kids and teens. And, they also make great contributions for schools, libraries and medical offices.

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Stop Body Shaming Plus Size Kids

Stop body shaming plus size kids and stop making weight an issue for all kids…
Stop Body Shaming Plus Size Kids

Body shaming of anyone is cruel. It can cause them to create a negative feeling about themselves and rip apart their self-esteem. Sometimes body shaming is intentional, such as a kid being bullied at school about their weight or an adult being critical of someone’s appearance during a holiday meal. Body shaming can also be unintentional, such as an adult saying “I gained 5 pounds. I’m so fat!” Or, a pediatrician saying “You’ll be happier if your tummy is smaller.”

Body shaming can, and frequently is, unintentional such as making comments about bodies, appearance and weight that can start an upsetting, confusing thought process for someone else.

Need tips on avoiding body shaming? Check out 6 Ways to Combat Body Shaming of Plus Size Kids. For books on explaining body acceptance to kids check out Helpful Recommendations for Popular Body Acceptance Kids Books