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It's "Fat Tuesday" - Has your child been called "fat"?
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
Recently, community member Treebell posted a discussion:
5 Year Old Obsessed with Weight

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?

Lainey_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Haylen,

My oldest granddaughter is constantly worried about her weight. She began in 2nd grade and now at 11, was driving me nuts by asking permission to crash diet. In my family, we all go through an awkward stage and my granddaughter watched my teen children get thick and then thin down but her Hannah and iCarly mentality competes with grandma's good sense.

I encourage my granddaughter to exercise on a trampoline daily and choose fresh fruits instead of sweets. She is a healthy child with a small tummy and has measured herself against the current child stars and her friends.

It took a while but my granddaughter understands that healthy eating is more important for her growth and hopefully we caught this issue before her teens.


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