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Elizabeth Easton, PsyD, Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services, was recently featured in an article on "Healthy ways to approach your child's weight." If you think your child is overweight or too skinny, it’s normal to be concerned especially if you have also struggled with weight problems. Although your natural tendency will likely be to try to fix it, experts agree that parents often make mistakes that can leave lasting damage on their child’s self-esteem and even make the problem worse. Whether your child is super skinny, overweight or in the healthy range, the key is pretty simple: Focus on their health, not the scale. Don’t jump to conclusions. If you think your child has a weight problem, you should never ignore it but you also don’t want to jump the gun. The only way to know for sure that there’s a problem is to talk to your child’s pediatrician or a pediatric nutritionist who can interpret your child’s growth trends and figure out what is actually normal for him, “For example, girls in particular tend to gain weight before they grow in height,” said Angela Lemond, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Plano, Texas and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). “Or your child may have a low BMI, but as long as her height and weight have been consistent, chances are she’s fine. Read the full article.

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