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Parents fear talking to children about weight

2nd July 2012

A new survey has revealed many parents are too worried to talk to their children about their weight as they think it could give them an eating disorder.

The survey by the MEND organisation and Netmums website was published to mark National Obesity week. It showed two thirds of parents who had an overweight or obese child thought talking about weight could cause an eating disorder. Over a third said they were concerned talking about weight could affect their child's self-esteem. Almost a third did not get a doctor to weigh their child or use scales and instead looked at them to estimate their weight.


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