Talking to your child about their weight can be challenging if it is not something you are used to talking about with them. Rather than sitting them down to have a serious chat about their weight, it is best to talk openly about healthy eating and keeping active as much as possible so it is a general theme within your household. Then, when given the opportunity, you can ask your child about how their weight makes them feel. It is likely that they will bring up the topic, which will allow you to open up the conversation e.g. clothing won’t fit or they may mention someone has said something to them.
It may be emotional for them, and you, but the key is to be open and honest about moving forward and leading a healthier lifestyle. It is important that your child feels that they are in control. Ask them how do they want you to help? It is really important that you don’t lose sight of this.
It’s likely that your child’s motives to lose weight are different to your motives for them to lose weight. Children often want to lose a bit of weight so they look like their friends, so they can wear the clothes their friends do, so they get picked in PE classes – generally just fit in. Whilst parents are much more conscious about the health and wellbeing of their children. Both motives are very important and losing a little weight, or maintaining their weight whilst they grow taller, will achieve both.