Published on March 23, 2019
Childhood obesity is a a result of adult behavior.
And the adults most responsible are: Parents.
And the adults who come into contact with parents on a regular basis who are in the best position to advocate on behalf of their children? Pediatricians.
Based on my experiences over 20 years working in the weight loss industry, pediatricians, wait way too long to have “the conversation” with parents and when (if) they do, often tell a parent nothing more than their over-fat kid should “eat less and move more.”
So, if I was able to talk to a group of pediatricians, I would ask them to consider implementing my five-point plan to best help their obese patients.
We all know how precious children are, and the profound responsibility we have as parents to raise them. Pediatricians, however, are gifted with an opportunity to have a lifelong and positive effect on children’s lives as they guide them from infancy through adolescence and teens to become healthy and happy young adults. I believe they have a responsibility to do all they can to prevent them from becoming obese, to prevent the long list of medical conditions, emotional scars and socialization issues that are in their future otherwise.
Pediatricians should be straightforward and honest, with less regard for a parent’s feelings and how they may react and only with regard to the health and wellness of their patients.