Weight is tricky issue for parents

NHS Lothian has spent almost half a million pounds on child weight management in the last two years. Picture: Getty
NHS Lothian has spent almost half a million pounds on child weight management in the last two years. Picture: Getty
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the subject of children and their weight is a very delicate one.

We used to talk about ‘puppy fat’ and every parent knows that their children go through phases where their body shape changes almost from one month to the next. Knowing when to intervene and when to ‘let nature take its course’ can be very tricky.

We worry about saying the wrong thing and making children self-conscious about what they eat and how they look. Yet doing nothing when you are concerned about your child and their future health prospects also feels like the wrong thing.

The best advice is to practice what you preach by setting a good example yourself. Encouraging regular exercise (some say 60 active minutes a day) and keeping portion sizes in check (starting small and letting children ask for more if they are hungry) are also key.

There is plenty of good commonsense tips available through the NHS both online and through your local GP or health centre.

One thing that is clear is that getting children into good habits from as early an age as possible pays dividends for them throughout their life.

Slimming advice for two-year-old might sound extreme, but in some rare cases it is important.