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a partnership between WebMD and SanfordHealth, found that one in 20 parents of teens report "struggling with thesubjects of alcohol, drugs and smoking. One in 10 parents don't feelcomfortable talking about sex with their teenagers, but nearly 25 percentof parents are hesitant to talk about their teens about being overweight.Research suggests that parents are not talking to their kids about healthyeating habits and healthy weight simply because they do not have the rightinformation. But reality may be a lot simpler than that. Parents areuniversally regarded by their children as people who love themunconditionally. Parents with children who are overweight find themselvesin a difficult conundrum because kids generally learn eating habits fromtheir families.Moreover, younger children are more apt to translate conversation onweight gainand weight loss as a parent's quest for the child to be "skinny"like models and television actors. Children unable to process or relate idealweight with good health potentially interpret weight loss conversationsinitiated by parents as a parent displeased and disappointed with the child'spersonal appearance.
WebMD research found that half of the clinicians believe parents needinformation on how to manage conversations on healthy eating, dieting andweight losseffectively. "Initiating these discussions starts with knowing thebasics, like the fact that behavioral health and proper sleep play a criticalrole in obesity risk, in addition to proper nutrition and activity," saysMichael Bergeron, Ph.D. "Equally important is providing the resources thatkids can use on their own, that enable them to learn and interact in waysthat they find engaging."Drug Use and Obesity rank as top two U.S. childhood health concernsEven though childhood obesity sits at the top of the list of U.S. childhoodhealth concerns, Fit research found that many parents of kids between theages of 8 and 17 may be avoiding conversations on weight gain and factorsleading to obesity altogether.More than one in five parents surveyed said they have never brought upthe subject of maintaining a healthy weight to their kids, despite more thanone-third saying being overweight poses an immediate threat to their kids.According to the American Heart Association, about one in three Americankids and teens are overweight or obese.Maintaining a healthy weight has become a cultural – and now clearly aconversational – lightning rod," said Hansa Bhargava, M.D., MedicalDirector, fit . "The irony is that, in a culture almost obsessed with findingsolutions to surging childhood obesity rates, something as simple as talkingto your kids about healthy habits and, thus, healthy weight, poses perhapsthe greatest challenge to parents."Healthcare professionals are clear on their viewpoint: 90 percent believethat maintaining a healthy weight is the most important health topic thatparents should discuss with their children, over safe sex, cigarettesmoking, drug use, and excessive alcohol consumption.Even so, when healthcare providers are confronted with conversations withpediatric patients about weight, like parents, doctors face their ownbarriers. According to the research, more than half say the potentialemotional reaction from pediatric patients prevents them from initiatingthe conversation about healthy weight. Half of the doctors surveyed alsoreported concerns about the emotional fallout from family members.Minnesota forest fire blankets Windy City insmokemor
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