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Holiday could lead to children body shaming

Posted at 9:44 PM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 23:44:01-05

With Christmas just around the corner, your child probably has visions of sugar plums dancing through their heads, but the holiday foods could mean extra pounds.

Psychiatrist Amy Edwards says childhood obesity is an epidemic.
As a result, many children are having to deal with fat shaming and the holidays can make this more prevalent. 

" Weight can be a sensitive topic for children," Edwards said.

Kids can be teased by their peers which can lead to a series of developmental issues.

"I think checking in with your kids and seeing how their friends are treating them," Edwards said.

Nurse Gretta Van Dyke says parents beware.

 "A piece of that is making sure you are not doing that, or a family member, "Van Dyke said.
She added that body shaming can take place in the home. 

Parents may think they are parenting their child when it comes to that extra piece of cake, but Edwards says it doesn't help.
Instead of nagging, speak to your child about healthy eating and do not focus on weight.

"Be mindful of portions and share," Van Dyke said.

 Edwards agrees and said focusing on weight can lead to holiday stress and backfire.

"Stress can lead to binge eating," she added.

Edward said this holiday season let your kids indulge.

"Especially when you are at a party or around other people it's healthy for kids to have treats in those circumstances," said Edwards.
What makes a difference, is everyday nutrition and activities.

"Go on a family walk or walk the dog," Van Dyke Said.

"Use words like you're smart and other things that don't focus on appearance," Edwards said.

Both ladies said building positive eating habits, and using kind words not focused on image will help you and your child get through the holiday season.