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    Question Diets for kids

    Would you put your child on a diet ?

    I belong to another website and one lady has put her DD age 11 on a diet saying she could do with lossing 5-10kilos but she doesn't look overweight. She lost 2kilos in the first week which her mum was very proud of but now her DD won't eat a thing.

    It got me thinking when Kimberley hits that sort of ae would i do it and i think i wouldn't unless she was more than that over weight.


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    i would not put my child on any kind of diet unless my dr said to - and then i would see a specialist about it too. children should be focused on fun and enjoying life, i think that behaviour could cause psychological damage. sorry but i think your friend has done the wrong thing especially as you dont visibly see a weight problem. with the world already too image conscious for our teens, why do that to an even younger child. i would have been devastated if my mother had thought me "fat" and put me on a diet and then told others about it too! even if my child was chubby i would encourage them to play sports or more physical hobbies, definately not a diet. we eat healthy in our house anyway, so hopefully it should never be a problem. i hope i havent offended anyone as this is just my opinion as a mother.

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    sorry i just saw it was a lady from a website not a friend of yours!! (oops)

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    Hell no, unless a child is morbidly obese they do not need to go on diets. I would only ever put my children on a diet if a Dr told me it was necessary and then I would only do it after seeing a nutritionist. Boy that woman is awful if she's doing it off her own bat because SHE thinks the child is overweight, the last thing a child (I think girl in particular) needs to be told that she is fat by her mother, she's going to end up with an eating disorder.

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    My Goodness! Alarm bells are going in my head! The first thing I thought of was this girl is going to end up anorexic!!!! 11 years of age is such an impressionable time in their lives - certaintly not a time to be telling them they're fat and need to diet!

    *IF* weight was a problem (and I don't consider 5-10Kg at that age a problem) I would be more inclined to get them out and about more - be more active with them; going for walks, bike rides, playing games in the park. And of course I might take a look at the foods the FAMILY is eating and select healthier foods for meals.

    11 is far too young to be dieting... talk about killing a child's self confidence!

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    hell no. Not unless the child was majorly over weight, and even then, i still wouldnt use the word diet! As the parent, and adult, then its your reponsibilty to ensure the child gets good nutritional food to eat, and plenty of exercise.
    My SIL's DH has 2 girls, which they have full custody of, the girls are about 7 & 9. The 7 year old they call tubby, and by no means would i ever consider her to be fat, maybe she got abit of a puppy fat tum, but, i would never have noticed it myself, and even when it was pointed out, still didnt think it was anything. The year old likes to pull up her top, and show her little sister her ribs. And this practise is sorta encouraged.
    All i can see is a 7 year old putting herself on a diet, so she can be more like her sister. Am concerned about it really.
    Also, more concerned about my kids - i come from a 'not fat' (although some are) but, big boned, family, on both my parents side. DH's family are all slim. If my girls (and boys) take after my side, are they going to get the same sorta response from my DH's family, as they will be different from the rest of them, when, they are just kids, and more importantly, will be healthy ones at that.

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    Now that's scary and a worry that a child of that age should even need to go on a diet, let alone need to lose that much weight.

    I've taught my 9 year old that all food is ok - in moderation. We have takeaway once a week, and the rest of the weak we eat healthy, balanced meals. On occasion she gets a little treat in her lunch box too. She also understands the importance of keeping active and we encourage her by supporting her sporting interests, going for walks, taking her to the park with a friend on rollerblades etc. She loves it.

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