The family’s healthcare provider is the primary resource for parents of obese or overweight children. Your provider can help you come up with a plan for weight loss and lifestyle change that’s specific to your child’s needs and your family’s situation. They will also be able to refer you to other specialists who may be able to help, such as dieticians, nutritionists, and counselors. If your child has type 2 diabetes, they may refer you to an endocrinologist, and you may have a Disease Manager or Case Manager assigned to help you and your child navigate the complications of a chronic disease. This network of providers is your single greatest resource when it comes to dealing with childhood obesity.
Family and friends are also important resources. Having the support and encouragement of family and friends can help you and your child cope with and overcome obesity. Making sure the whole family is on the same page when it comes to diet and exercise can make all the difference for a child who is struggling with their weight. Above all, your child should know that they are loved no matter what their weight is.
There are also online resources where you can find help and support dealing with your child’s obesity. These sites contain helpful tips on living a healthy lifestyle and offer encouragement as you and your family make lifestyle changes. These resources include:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/children/
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Choose My Plate