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Talking To My Child About Weight

Should I Talk to my Child about the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) Results Letter?   

As a parent, you know your child best- and whether telling them about the NCMP information you have been sent is the right thing for them.

There is no evidence that talking about the results sensitively with your child will cause problems in the future.

Take your time to think about how you want to handle this – there is no rush to decide what to do next.

Maybe have a look at the information on JustOneNorfolk as your first step

It is important your child is not be made to feel they have done something wrong. Problems with weight are common and it is no ones fault

Often a ‘big talk’ is not necessary and you can talk about it when the chances arise day to day – several small chats about a tough subject are often easier on everyone

If you do choose to talk to your child here are some tips that might help make the conversation easier:

  • Finding the right time – often when you are doing something else together
  • Talk about weight or lifestyle when the opportunity comes up such as talking about healthy food or meals or doing some exercise or activities.
  • Ask your child how they feel about their diet and exercise – are there changes they want to make?
  • Try to have a conversation around becoming healthier and feeling better rather than about losing weight.

You can make a plan together. Making changes to be healthier should be seen as something positive the whole family can get on board with - and not be focused on just your child

Reassure your child that it is normal to find making any change hard to begin with.

Look together at our ideas for keeping motivated to help keep the whole family going.

   

Remember these results are not the end of the world. There are many small steps you can take to make a big difference to your child’s well being – and there is plenty of support and information to help you if you would like.

Who Can Help?

If you are concerned about your child’s weight or eating habits and feel you need support then you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum. CLICK HERE

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