Research suggests that parents often cannot recognize if their children are overweight or obese. There are many reasons for this, including
- It is more common to see overweight and obese children. When parents compare their own children to other children around them, they may think they are fine.
- Some parents don’t want to admit that their children might have an unhealthy weight.
Is My Child a Healthy Weight?
Your child’s weight and height can be measured and recorded on a growth chart by your family doctor. This allows your doctor to determine what a healthy weight is for your child. Keep in mind that a one-time measurement is usually not enough to decide if your child is overweight or obese. Changes in weight and height need to be followed over time.
For more information, visit the Dietitians of Canada website to download their factsheet, Is My Child Growing Well?
Take Home Point…
Are you wondering if it is healthy to weigh your children?
Are you wondering if your children are overweight or obese?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions speak to your family doctor.
Health professionals, such as family doctors, use several measures to check if a child is overweight.