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I few of my husbands' nieces and nephews (they range in age from 10-13). I would say they are at least 20-40lbs overweight and it really concerns me, but I am not sure what I can do about it without offending the parents. I think it is really sad that these children are going to grow up with unhealthy attitudes towards food and face a life of diabetes risk, etc and getting teased at school. We do get to spend some time with there anything I can do to try to instill good habits in them?

Wed. Feb 7, 11:22am

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Keep them active and give them healthy foods

You can't really control anything when they aren't with you. But you can intoduce them to activities and foods that they might like when you are with them in the hopes that it might influence them to eat and act differently when they are not with you. Go on hikes, bike ride, take them to the pool for a swim, show them how to play tennis, basketball, volleyball.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 11:40 AM

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i think it is fine to say something to the parents about their childrens' weight. something like, "i've noticed that (little timmy) is really growing up! maybe we could start an activity weekend, twice a month, when we could get together and check out different hikes, bike trails, rollerblading, picking up trash in a local park..." that way, the ball is put into play, but it is in the parents' court. or inquire about what activities the children may already be interested in for future birthday or holiday gifts...if your husband's side of the family is heavy-set, maybe you could say something like, "wow, (little timmy) is looking more like (uncle mike) all the time. does he get a lot of exercise?" it is abuse, in my opinion, to burden children with the problems associated with being heavy. it's like seeing bruises on their arms or legs and ignoring the issue. it's your family and, i feel, your responsibility to say something.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 4:27 PM

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Thursday, February 08, 2007, 6:38 PM

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is this a "touchy subject" that no one wants to weigh-in on? (had to use the pun, sorry!) i am surprised at the lack of comments.

if the child was limping, would you ask why? if the child was wearing an eye patch, would you ask why? if so, i think you should also ask about the noticable weight gain. granted it is a subject to approach with much tact, but it should be approached nonetheless.

Friday, February 09, 2007, 10:20 AM

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Activity classes as gifts.

One of the tactics we've taken is to buy a activity class instead of a standard gift for birthdays etc. Of course, check with the parents ahead of time, being clear that you are trying to help increase the child's level of activity and general health. Also, we don't take the kids to standard restaurants for meals out, but try different ethnic foods, encouraging them to try something really out there!

Yes, bring it up, but bring it up with something constructive you can do to help.

Friday, February 09, 2007, 10:55 AM

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