Third of parents fear upsetting children with weight talk, survey finds
Rebecca SmithersMore than a third of parents admit they do not talk to their children about their weight because of fears it could harm self-esteem and trigger eating disorders, according to research.
The figure rises to 65% among parents who have already identified their child as being overweight, suggesting that by avoiding the problem families are contributing to an increasingly obese society, a health group warns.
The survey was conducted by the social enterprise Mend and the online community Netmums for national childhood obesity week. More than 1,000 parents with a child aged 5-16 responded to the survey on Netmums about how they felt bringing up the topic of weight with their child.
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"Third of parents fear upsetting children with weight talk, survey finds", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), février 2012. Consulté le 30/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/third-of-parents-fear-upsetting-children-with-weight-talk-survey-finds