When only one sibling in a family is overweight

Barbara J. Moore, PhD & President of Shape Up America!, shares advice for parents when only one of their children is overweight on how to help their child not feel bad and get into shape
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When only one sibling in a family is overweight

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In the case of a family that has 4 children, 3 of which is of normal weight and one of which is obese, the first thing I think that needs to happen is that you have to have that child evaluated fully, that might include a pediatric endocrinologist evaluating the hormonal side. Is the thyroid normal? There could be a lot of hormonal problems that could explain this. Those had to be ruled out, say that they have been ruled out, now what do you do? I think that the evident suggest that if the parents and the kids are all focused on healthy eating, increased physical activity, daily activity, they’re not sitting in front of the TV in more than 2 hours a day, in which by the way the American academy for pediatrics recommends as a limit, I think that you should keep the faith, don’t let that child feel bad about their weight or bad about their body image and focus on healthy eating, focus on physical activity in all members of the family and believe it or not, there are cases where childhood obesity has resolved and the child has grown up to be a normal weight adult.

Barbara J. Moore, PhD & President of Shape Up America!, shares advice for parents when only one of their children is overweight on how to help their child not feel bad and get into shape

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Barbara J. Moore, PhD

President, Shape Up America!

Barbara J. Moore, PhD is president and CEO of Shape Up America!, a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. The mission of SUA is to raise awareness of obesity as a health issue through its award-winning website, Shapeup.org  and other communication channels.  Considered a leading authority on obesity in the United States, Dr. Moore served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children in Youth, which produced the landmark 2005 report Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance. Moore received her PhD in nutritional science from Columbia University. Her postdoctoral training in nutrition and physiology was at the University of California at Davis. She held an academic position at Rutgers University and also served in industry as General Manager of Program Development at Weight Watchers International.  She held several federal government positions at the White House and the National Institutes of Health before joining Shape Up America! in 1995. She holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MS in nutrition from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. 

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