Childhood Weight Loss

Having a child that is overweight / obese is an increasingly common problem in today’s society. Treating the child is very different to treating the adult. Tabitha Hume incorporates a strongly empathetic approach with regards to the treatment of children. Depending on the age of the child, Tabitha usually integrates the following important aspects into her treatment:

The overweight/obese child is usually already unhappy with his/her weight and needs no further convincing that weight loss is needed

  • The child cannot ever feel like the ‘different’ one in the family/social group
  • The child’s parents/caregivers are the ones who will be consulted with for the first 1-2 consultations to explain the process as well as to gain insight into the child’s environment and family preferences and lifestyle. The parents make the grocery/cooking decisions and are thus the ones responsible ones for the child’s health.
  • The child’s weight issue is the family’s issue and thus a central approach must be adopted that “the family is now going to eat healthily”, not that the child must now go on a diet.
  • The child has limited choices, but fun ones will be offered according to his/her lifestyle and preferences.
  • The child will eat foods that he/she really likes, to show that healthy eating is fun and easy to execute.
  • The child will grow into his/her weight more than actually losing kilograms on a weekly basis. There is usually weight loss, although this is less dramatic than with the adult, because there is growth and hormonal development involved with children, which should still be allowed to progress.
  • Healthy choices for the future as well as knowledge of his/her health will be taught in a fun way, fostering a long-term compliance to healthy eating and weight maintenance, rather than a “get-thin-quick” message.
  • Focus on what you can eat to be healthy, rather than what you can’t eat because it’s fattening.
  • Incorporating sports idols to explain correct food choices leading to sporty health and achievement.
  • Breaktime and lunchbox ideas.
  • Tuck-shop suggestions and school consultation regarding their tuckshop.

Your child’s lunchbox will be nicer than their friends’ lunchboxes! Compliance will not take place unless the child is very happy with his/her mealtimes, and s/he feels as though eating is just as nice or even nicer! Yes, treats are included in Tabitha’s programmes!!

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