How to talk to kids about their weight

Posted at: 08/02/2013 1:46 PM
By: Renee Tessman, KARE



MINNEAPOLIS (KARE) -- A new University of Minnesota study is offering tips on how to talk to your kids about food, nutrition and weight.

Most parents know that one-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese and, of course, they want their own kids to be healthy.

"Many of them ask their health care providers, 'What should I say? Should I have a conversation? Should I avoid it?' And health care providers wonder themselves, 'What do I tell parents?'" U of M researcher Jerica Berge said.

So Berge led the new study to find out.

She said while some parents believe you have to lay it on the line and tell a kid they're overweight, the study titled Parent Conversations About Healthful Eating and Weight and published in JAMA Pediatrics, suggests otherwise.

"It really does help to focus more on the healthy eating rather than confronting a child directly about their weight," Berge said.