1/3 of your pediatric patients have clinical overweight or obesity
What can you do to help them?
Let their parents know where to get help.
One of every three children is now living with overweight or obesity, but 95% of the parents of children with overweight believe their child's size is "just about right" and nearly 78% of parents of children suffering with obesity also believe their child's size is "just about right."*
Once you get over the hurdle of explaining to parents that their child has an overweight issue and the health consequences they have or may develop as a result, the demands of your practice likely do not allow you to answer in-depth questions about nutrition or develop a plan with the family to help their child achieve a healthy weight.
I can take care of that for you.
no insurance referral required
the "no referral" referral
Just give your patient's parents information about my coaching program, my classes, or my family meals handout and let them take it from there. That's all you need to do. Printable handouts are provided below.
download and print for your patients
FREE CONSULTATION CARD
This printable pdf provides your patient's parents with a half hour free consultation, courtesy of YOU, to discuss how family nutrition coaching with a registered dietitian can help them help their child achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
HOW TO: FAMILY MEALS
The American Academy of Pediatrics Expert Committee recommendations to prevent and treat child and adolescent overweight and obesity (Stage 1: Prevention Plus) emphasize family meals including:
Limiting meals eaten outside the home.
Eating at home at the table as a family at least 5-6 times each week.
Allowing the child to self-regulate his or her meals. Avoid overly restrictive behaviors.
This printable handout gives parents a quick list of family meal pointers to begin helping their child.
Reference: Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Policy Statement: Prevention of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity. (2003). Pediatrics, 112(2), 424-430. doi:10.1542/peds.112.2.424 https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/112/2/424.full.pdf
I'll get all relevant information about the child's weight status and health issues directly from the parents. This is an important part of my relationship with parents and the beginning of our collaborative partnership working together to help them define their own behavior change goals and figure out what works with their unique child.
Parents don't need a "nutrition prescription" for their kid. Telling them what to do doesn't work. They need help identifying appropriate health goals for their child and help acquiring the information, resources, and self-efficacy to achieve those goals.
Download Role of Health Coaches in Pediatric Weight Management to learn more about how health coaching can help your patients.
Rice KG, Jumamil RB, Jabour SM, Cheng JK. Role of Health Coaches in Pediatric Weight Management. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017;56(2):162-170. doi:10.1177/0009922816645515
*Duncan DT, Hansen AR, Wang W, Yan F, Zhang J. Change in Misperception of Child's Body Weight among Parents of American Preschool Children. Child Obes. 2015 Aug;11(4):384-93. doi: 10.1089/chi.2014.0104. Epub 2015 Apr 30.