Fitness Expert Pamela Peeke posted a blog about obesity-related shows (e.g. Ruby, Biggest Loser, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, More to Love, Dance Your Ass Off, Making the Curve, One Big Happy Family, etc.), many wonder if it's right to turn being overweight or obese into entertainment.
She asks: Are these shows empowering or exploiting people?
Do you let your kids watch these programs?
Also, if you have obese friends or family members in your life, do you address their weight?
Good afternoon! I have a daughter that just turned 13 and she is very overweight. Not only am I concerned due to health issues that might arise as a result, I'm also upset as to what this does to her emotional well being. She is in middle school and is constantly being made fun of. She is a beautiful girl, but she really needs to lose this weight. I have tried to cut out "fatty foods" and we have cut down on her portions, she does do some exercise but nothing seems to be helping! I just don't know what to do anymore and I hate to see my baby hurting! Please help!View Thread
I have been looking for a new cook book that has healthy recipes that are kid friendly. I cant find any! All the healthy cook books I find have foods that the kids wouldnt touch, take too long to make or too many ingredients. We are a busy family, and want to feed the kids healthy foods that they will actually eat let alone be able to pronounce. Any suggestions?View Thread
Doctors have not found a medical reason and his mom flat out admits 'We have to let him be as if we don't feed him he will cry non-stop'. Non-stop crying is annoying but COME ON! He "hates walking" so his mom drives him to school and his dad carries him around.
Assuming his enormous weight is not caused by a medical problem (Doctors don't think so), what advice would you give the parents to start this kid down a path of health and fitness?
My DH and I have both struggled with severe obesity for some time...DH since he was a child, and me since puberty. DH's entire family on both sides is severely obese, and my dad's side of my family has a mild problem with obesity as well. As adults, DH and I now live busy lifestyles, exercise regularly, and eat well. I am now 125lbs and 5'3", and DH is heavier (maybe 265lbs and 6'2") but a bulky, muscular build...not fat.
So naturally when we started to have children we swore they would never face the challenges we did as far as being overweight. We are very careful to teach him about "sometimes foods" such as french fries, "foods that give you big muscles" such as broccoli and lean proteins, and "fill you up foods" such as pasta and bread. He understands these concepts pretty well and at age 2 he will eat a great variety of foods, and he prefers fruits and vegetables to sweets and junk. My concern is that DS is a BEANPOLE! He is in a high percentile for height, but right at about 50th percentile for weight. His pedi didn't act worried about his weight, but did note that he could stand to gain a bit and suggested we continue to give him whole milk. We have started to incorporate more red meats into our meals, but we really like to stick to lean proteins and vegetables, fruits, whole grains, etc.
I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions...including the expert on the board...of ways we can help our son gain a bit of weight while maintaining a healthy perspective on food and nutrition. I have read and talked to parents of kids who needed to gain weight, and they have been told to let the kids dip their foods in ranch dressing, drink shakes, add cheese to everything, and basically pump them with junk. I'm just not comfortable with that idea and don't want my child insisting on having ranch to dip his food in because that's what he had for a period of time while he was needing to gain weight. I'd love any insight!View Thread
My granddaughter considers you a role model. She asked me to post her questions because she is so excited about you being here on WebMD.
Quote: " Hello, my name is Celeste and I am 11 years old. I did a report about you a few weeks ago. My teacher asked us to write about our favorite famous person and I picked you. I read your book and hope to see your movie. (If my Nana lets me) You set a big example in my life; to never give up. I have a few questions for you.
1 How did you conquer your fear of getting back in the water?
2 When they found the shark were you happy, or scared?
3 How often do you surf? I never tried but it looks fun and a liitle bit scary.
A St. Patrick's Day post about Best and Worst Green Foods made me ponder green foods throughout my life. My mom never met a veggie she didn't abuse - overcooked or canned was my introduction to all veggies. I was not a fan. And only adults were served salad - what was that all about?
Now, I go out of my way to make veggies as tasty and visually appealing as possible - those greenies are just so darn healthy.
How about you? Were green veggies introduced to you as a kid? Which ones did you love? Hate? What about your kids?
This mom is tired! The time change in the spring is always tough because of that "lose an hour of sleep" factor. I'm NOT a fan...And when I'm tired, I find that I slack on fixing healthy snacks and meals and getting out and active with the kids.
The FIT Kids Community will soon be welcoming pro surfer and shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton!
A rising surf star, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark off of Kauai's North Shore in 2003. After losing her arm and more than 60 percent of her blood, she made it through several surgeries and faced recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude.
Just one month after the attack, Bethany was back in the ocean and then returned to surf competition. She realized her dream of turning pro in 2007 and has since participated in numerous World Tour Events. A highlight was her second place finish in the ASP 2009 World Junior Championships. Bethany has been a featured motivational speaker and written several books. Opening on April 8th will be a feature film based on her journey. SOUL SURFER Stars Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood and AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany.
Well, I'm impressed! Her ability to stay positive is amazing!
Bethany will be answering your questions related to health, fitness and motivation. Just post your questions to the board, and we will be sure that they are passed along to Bethany, who is on the road now promoting her movie. She'll be posting her answers the first week of April.
I'm excited to read her answers. Post your questions to the board!
Her daughter had been called "fat" by a boy in her class and became obsessed with her weight.
Have you had the experience of your child being called names because of their weight (both over OR underweight)? Have your children discussed friends or family members that are overweight? When my daughter was 3, she asked one of my friends why she was "so big". GULP.
Would love to hear your thoughts on the "fat" word and overall body image issues with your kids. Do you think about how you discuss your own weight and health around the house?
I had to take my daughter to her doctor for an ear infection, and they weighed her. She had lost a pound! In less than a month! All we did is cut out the 3-4 cups of juice she was getting at my mother in laws! I am so excitied, but suprised, I wasn't sure if we would see a loss or if she would just 'grow into' her current weight.View Thread
In my search to help my 13 year old daughter with her weight loss, I have come to find out that the food pyrmid you get at the doctor's office doesn't help. I have taken her to a dietician just to be told to eat only enough that will fit in the palm of your hand. My daughter is still hungry when the meal is done. What is really needed is a complete week's menu of kid friendly healthy food choices. The realization is that it is a job making sense out of trying to plan weight loss meal choices that the children will eat and feel satisfied when done. There is no Jenny Craig program for children. So the parents and children get frustrated and give up. They can not eat salid for lunch and supper everyday. Does anyone know of a resource for kid-friendly healthy menus that are geared for weight loss?View Thread
My first daughter is a healthy food champ. My 2 year old, not so much! A WebMD blog post explores a study reporting that kids who ate diets high in processed foods at age 3 had slightly lower IQ scores by age 8 1/2.
This made me think of my own diet when I was a child! My mom abused veggies into mush and fruit was from a can. We had lots of chips and other processed snack foods. So....that's my excuse for not going to Harvard I'm so glad there is more emphasis on healthy foods today...
How were you fed when you were a child and how are you feeding your kids now? Has there been a shift?
I need some advice (or anyone that has gone through a similar situation to let me know that I'm not alone). My daughter is 5-years-old and is OBSESSED with her weight. She is not stick-skinny like the girls in her class, but her doctor is not concerned with her weight (we have discussed weight with her doctor throughout the years). The taller she gets the more she thins out She eats healthy meals, has healthy snacks (yogurt, grapes, oranges, etc.) and is active (she loves wii fit for kids, takes ballet classes and is usually running around).
A boy in her Pre-K class called her fat several weeks ago, and now she is obsessed with her weight and food. She walks around sucking her stomach in so her ribs stick out, then cries when we tell her to be herself. She asks me on a daily basis (several times a day) if she's losing weight, or if her "tummy is smaller." If the TV is on she'll make comments like, "that girl is fat so she doesn't eat healthy" or "I want to look like that girl" (these are not weight-concious shows - this happens just when watching commercials). She'll even stop eating halfway through a meal and say, "I can't eat anymore or I'll get fatter."
I am okay with being health-concious. We eat family meals and encourage physical activities in our home. We tell our kids that healthy foods are necessary fuel for our bodies. But my 11-year-old daughter hasn't even gone through this obsession with weight. My 5-year-old is a very happy little girl, except when it comes to the weight topic. I'm concerned and her near-hysterics when trying to talk about it are breaking my heart.
How do I know what is a good portion of food for my 3 yr old? I used to just think about what looked like a good amount, or take what I would eat and cut it in half. For example, a lunch might be a turkey/cheese sandwhich and some applesause. But then I watch my nephew, who is a year older, and his lunch was only 1/2 a turkey sandwhich - no side, no drink. My son has always been in the higher percentile but I'm still worried about over feeding him.View Thread
Hi! I was the one that posted about my 3 year old with the high bmi- it was 96%. Can you tell me what a normal BMI is for a child this age? or is it still one of those percentille growth things, where you just want to make sure they are consistently in the same place? Her doctor showed me her growth pattern on a chart, and even though she is always in the 90ish percentile, he said she had gained more than would even be expected for her. Any additional information would be appreciated! thanks!View Thread
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