Dealing with issues surrounding our size and weight is difficult at any age but for overweight children it can be particularly tricky. As well as low self-esteem and a lack of confidence, overweight children are often the victims of cruel bullying.
At Slimming World we’re able to offer real help to overweight children. We know that the emotional and psychological support they need to raise their self-esteem and confidence is as important as help in changing their eating habits. We only ever recruit group Consultants from our member base, so they know exactly how it feels to have a weight problem – and can offer the crucial understanding and support needed by overweight children.
Slimming World’s support for overweight children
We know that the last thing overweight children need is pressure to lose weight. With Slimming World’s Free2Go plan, created especially for younger people aged 11-15, the focus is on health, not weight loss, and achievable levels of activity.
We encourage young members to make their own healthy eating choices and positive lifestyle changes, through understanding and non-judgmental support with input from their parents and importantly, their GP.
Healthy weight ranges for children
Although there’s no ideal weight for a child there are healthy range guidelines, based on height, weight and age. Each Slimming World Consultant has a BMI wheel and special chart to show the range of ideal weights for children – boys and girls from the ages of 11 to 15, as they grow.
Consultant Jayne Pitcher, from York, has helped many young members in her groups: “Anyone who's had a weight problem understands and empathises with others in the same position, regardless of their age. Many of us had weight problems as teenagers, so we can understand what a huge step young people take to join.”
Family help for overweight children
Whether they maintain and grow into the ideal weight range for a child of their age, or lose weight safely and slowly as a recommendation from their nurse or GP, their Slimming World group, Consultant and parent are there every step of the way to celebrate each and every positive step they take to a healthier future.
We believe that family influence is a key factor in a young person’s eating habits and exercise routines. We encourage the whole family to make healthy lifestyle changes so that young people aren’t singled out, and we help parents to support their child in making these changes.
When my daughter Katie told me she wanted to lose weight I decided to support her wholeheartedly, so we both joined a Slimming World group. We find the healthy eating plan so easy. I cook the same dinners for the rest of the family too. Katie and I have always been close, but recently I feel even closer to her. We now take the dog for a walk together and we TALK! What a change you’ve made to our lives - thank you!
From Debbie Wright
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