Prevent and address child overweight and obesity
To prevent child overweight and obesity, follow the division of responsibility from birth and throughout your child’s growing-up years. For guidance, read Your Child’s Weight: Helping without Harming. As long as your child’s growth is consistent, it is normal for her, even if it is above the 85th or 95th percentile cutoff points defined by policy makers as constituting child overweight or obesity. The way to treat child overweight and obesity is to determine factors that disrupt the division of responsibility in feeding, to address those factors, and to restore the division of responsibility in feeding. Children eat more for a while, but then they discover their internal regulators and their eating settles down to become like that of other children. Only time will tell whether their weight remains the same or slowly diverges downward to follow a lower growth curve. What this weight-neutral approach offers, however, is the possibility that children will grow up appreciating their bodies and making the most of them, remain eating competent, and being as healthy as they can be. However, if adults try to slim children down, or if children try to slim themselves down, it is virtually guaranteed that children’s weights will accelerate. Despite all the hysteria about obesity, there is no cure. In fact, the cure in many cases is worse than the disease: Lifelong misery about eating and weight, repeated, costly, and medically damaging failed weight loss attempts, shame, and self-loathing.
This article was reprinted from https://www.ellynsatterinstitute.org/how-to-feed/the-division-of-responsibility-in-feeding/ .