There are common worries about speaking to a parent about their child’s weight, but they shouldn’t be a reason to stop you from talking to them.
The key is to build up a positive relationship with the parent.
If you do not have a good relationship with the parent then you are most likely not the right person to be raising the issue with them.
In speaking to children and parents about weight issues you shouldn’t actually be doing a lot of the talking. They should.
It is their opportunity for someone to listen to their concerns.
It is imperative that:
Further information can be obtained via Childhood Weight Management Algorithm: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals
Created by the Paediatric Dietitians’ Interest Group (PDIG) of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) November 2015. Review date: November 2018
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