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Old 24-04-2008, 15:22
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My daughter is nearly 12 and we're having a real struggle with her weight. I've tried not to make too much of an issue with it over the last few years but she really does need to lose some. Buying clothes is a nightmare as she sees stuff she likes but then her size limits what we can buy her. I try to feed her healthily but it would help me if she had some kind of diet plan so I can be extra certain I'm giving her the right things to eat.
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:24
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i dont think they can think they have to be 16
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:25
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From the WW site

http://www.weightwatchers.co.uk/about/his/health.aspx

Would appear a 12 year old can
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:25
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I know children can join Slimming World with a note from the doctors... As on slimming world nothing is off limits and no calorie counting etc... I have no idea about Weight Watchers
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:26
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I dont think they can either.

However, why don't you join? Then you will get all the info and tips, and if you're making her lunch and dinner the same as you have, she should be eating the same? Therefore on a diet without attending weight watchers.

If you're not overweight etc then it might be better just to help her to eat healthier I suppose. I can imagine that it's tough though - it's not like you want to tell her she is overwieght!
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:26
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Thanks for that. Sorry.. I should have checked the WW site first
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:28
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I know children can join Slimming World with a note from the doctors... As on slimming world nothing is off limits and no calorie counting etc... I have no idea about Weight Watchers
Thanks... I'll look into it. I guess it would be worth me talking to our Dr. I do know her weight is bothering her a lot now. Not sure that she will want to go to a class... maybe the Dr will have some diet and exercise plans to follow
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:28
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Thanks for that. Sorry.. I should have checked the WW site first

No problem, didnt think they could join that young I must admit
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:29
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My daughter is nearly 12 and we're having a real struggle with her weight. I've tried not to make too much of an issue with it over the last few years but she really does need to lose some. Buying clothes is a nightmare as she sees stuff she likes but then her size limits what we can buy her. I try to feed her healthily but it would help me if she had some kind of diet plan so I can be extra certain I'm giving her the right things to eat.
If you don't want to make an issue of it, is WW really the route to go down?

Have you spoken to your GP and asked to be referred to a dietrician or nutritionist.

How much exercise does your daughter take, can you not swim together a few times a week? Or join some classes?

Whilst I appreciate you're just being a sensible and caring parent I hate the thought of a 12 year old joining a diet group. It just seems to young to be thrown into the horrid world of dieting, disappointment and negative body image
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:29
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Gosh that really shocks me, can you not do some research and sort a diet plan for your daughter combined with exercise it is all common sense, just sometimes these clubs can makes things work especially for a 12 year old if her friends found out or the local bullies it would worry me.
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:32
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If you don't want to make an issue of it, is WW really the route to go down?

Have you spoken to your GP and asked to be referred to a dietrician or nutritionist.

How much exercise does your daughter take, can you not swim together a few times a week? Or join some classes?

Whilst I appreciate you're just being a sensible and caring parent I hate the thought of a 12 year old joining a diet group. It just seems to young to be thrown into the horrid world of dieting, disappointment and negative body image
My next step is to talk to the GP. Lack of exercise is an issue... she is very reluctant to do anything exercise related.
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:33
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Gosh that really shocks me, can you not do some research and sort a diet plan for your daughter combined with exercise it is all common sense, just sometimes these clubs can makes things work especially for a 12 year old if her friends found out or the local bullies it would worry me.
I agree about the diet class... I had hoped to maybe join online simply to get some diet plans. I have researched and I do have common sense. The reality is just very different when you have a reluctant child who loves to eat! I was just looking for a little support in the right direction
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:38
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I can actually see why you might prefer WW to a diet from the doctor. Having been there done it and spectacularly failed I HATED the plans I got from the doctor. They were all salads etc which Ive always hated.

Ok Im a LOT older than your daughter but what I love about WW and why its working so well for me now is it does allow you everything in moderation. It would allow your daughter the option of crisps and chocolate if thats her thing. It doesnt have that strict feeling that a diet plan can have.

I really think WW is fantastic from the point of view it works but just as importantly it re educates you in your choices and eating habits.
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:39
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My next step is to talk to the GP. Lack of exercise is an issue... she is very reluctant to do anything exercise related.
Is she reluctant because of her size?

Oh firefliesuk - I really feel for you (and your daughter). Its such a difficult situation...

I never worried about my weight until I was mid 20's and can only imagine what it is like to be overweight at such a young age? and how much it impinges on your childhood and your confidence. I also can only imagine how hard it must be as a parent to be in this situation.

I think baby steps are the way forward. Why not every other evening go out for a half an hour walk? And then maybe gradually increase this? How much supervision / control do you have over what your daugther eats when she isn't at home? Are your family meals healthy?

Sorry to be nosey and I hope I don't sound partonising.... Merely trying to gauge the situation before I put forward any thing else
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:40
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My next step is to talk to the GP. Lack of exercise is an issue... she is very reluctant to do anything exercise related.
alot of them are at that age.especially if they have not got into sports early.
my daughter dislikes all types of sport,luckily she is ok weight wise.maybe even could afford to put some on.
oh well its always something with children.
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:49
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My next step is to talk to the GP. Lack of exercise is an issue... she is very reluctant to do anything exercise related.
Could you try and get away from the idea of 'exercise' and focus more on having fun together - like playing with a frisbee or a ball in the park, or getting a couple of cheap bikes and going for a cycle together
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Old 24-04-2008, 15:56
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Is there a tradition of weight gain amongst pre-teens through to teens in your family?

There is in my family and at the age of 15 i was around 15 stone! bearing in mind i am only 5'4" i looked amusingly rotund! lol
Anyway i have shed the weight and currently a keen health and fitness enthusiast. Part time instructor and nutritionist.

Anyway the point i am trying to make is that sometimes it is just part of the bodies natural cycle towards adult hood. I suggest you speak to a doctor and take their advice.

Weight loss is 70%diet and 30%work out, if the diet isn't right the weight won't budge, even if you think she is eating healthily she may not be, or maybe eating the right things but at the wrong time.

I think it is really good that you have recognised that there is an issue there and a potential for it to escalate. The younger you are the easier it is to lose the weight.

If you would like to ask me any questions etc feel free to PM me anytime.

Thanks and good luck

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Old 24-04-2008, 16:04
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Just wanted to say that I sympathise.

I went to Weight Watchers for the first time when I was 12, and although the information helped, it couldn't do anything to help me overcome the need to binge.

I'd suggest a visit to GP. If she is very overweight, it could be more of a problem than just liking to eat.
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Old 24-04-2008, 16:04
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Thanks... I'll look into it. I guess it would be worth me talking to our Dr. I do know her weight is bothering her a lot now. Not sure that she will want to go to a class... maybe the Dr will have some diet and exercise plans to follow
I should also say i joined SW at 16 (i think) and have managed too keep the weight off...

All i would say is look for the long term not the quick fix and then your daughter may get into yo-yo dieting....

You can do SW online too- but i do love going too class has too be said- Its great fun... she might actually enjoy it... And if she doesnt want too talk in front of the whole group she doesn't need too...
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Old 24-04-2008, 16:11
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You might want to have a look at the MEND website if you haven't seen it already

http://www.mendprogramme.org/

I know a few people who work on the programme locally and they speak pretty highly of it
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Old 24-04-2008, 16:15
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I can actually see why you might prefer WW to a diet from the doctor. Having been there done it and spectacularly failed I HATED the plans I got from the doctor. They were all salads etc which Ive always hated.

Ok Im a LOT older than your daughter but what I love about WW and why its working so well for me now is it does allow you everything in moderation. It would allow your daughter the option of crisps and chocolate if thats her thing. It doesnt have that strict feeling that a diet plan can have.

I really think WW is fantastic from the point of view it works but just as importantly it re educates you in your choices and eating habits.
I must admit it was the points thing that made me think of WW... the idea of nothing being banned as long as you keep track of points would mean she could still have some of the stuff that she loves (which is chocolate, biscuits etc)
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Old 24-04-2008, 16:18
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I must admit it was the points thing that made me think of WW... the idea of nothing being banned as long as you keep track of points would mean she could still have some of the stuff that she loves (which is chocolate, biscuits etc)
A complete ban will never work and will just make her feel guilty and resentful so maybe its an idea to sign up yourself online and your daughter can follow the plan?

However I do worry that because she is so young she may end up with deep rooted issue re: weight and food etc and could maybe do with speaking to a professional?

That's just my view though
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Old 24-04-2008, 16:18
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Is she reluctant because of her size?

Oh firefliesuk - I really feel for you (and your daughter). Its such a difficult situation...

I never worried about my weight until I was mid 20's and can only imagine what it is like to be overweight at such a young age? and how much it impinges on your childhood and your confidence. I also can only imagine how hard it must be as a parent to be in this situation.

I think baby steps are the way forward. Why not every other evening go out for a half an hour walk? And then maybe gradually increase this? How much supervision / control do you have over what your daugther eats when she isn't at home? Are your family meals healthy?

Sorry to be nosey and I hope I don't sound partonising.... Merely trying to gauge the situation before I put forward any thing else
Yes... she is reluctant due to her size. That and the fact she gets knackered easily as she obviously isn't very fit. She does love to go out on her bike though so hopefully as the weather starts to get better she will get out more in the evenings with her friends.

I'm pretty sure she only eats what I supply in her pack up for school unless other people give her anything and I try to make sure it's as healthy as possible. And yes... I try to get her to eat healthily at home but she is always asking for food. I do prompt her to have fruit but she is still pretty young so I do relent and let her have some of the stuff she loves as well. I do really think the exercise is what needs addressing
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Old 24-04-2008, 16:20
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Could you try and get away from the idea of 'exercise' and focus more on having fun together - like playing with a frisbee or a ball in the park, or getting a couple of cheap bikes and going for a cycle together
Yes we could do that. I don't have a bike and I'm a single mum so money is a bit tight right now. I do insist we walk where possible but live out in the sticks a bit so more often than not need the car to get anywhere. Sorry to say but she would be horrified at the thought of playing with a ball in the park. Not due to the exercise but it would be so 'uncool'
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Old 24-04-2008, 16:22
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Is there a tradition of weight gain amongst pre-teens through to teens in your family?

There is in my family and at the age of 15 i was around 15 stone! bearing in mind i am only 5'4" i looked amusingly rotund! lol
Anyway i have shed the weight and currently a keen health and fitness enthusiast. Part time instructor and nutritionist.

Anyway the point i am trying to make is that sometimes it is just part of the bodies natural cycle towards adult hood. I suggest you speak to a doctor and take their advice.

Weight loss is 70%diet and 30%work out, if the diet isn't right the weight won't budge, even if you think she is eating healthily she may not be, or maybe eating the right things but at the wrong time.

I think it is really good that you have recognised that there is an issue there and a potential for it to escalate. The younger you are the easier it is to lose the weight.

If you would like to ask me any questions etc feel free to PM me anytime.

Thanks and good luck

Simon
Hi Simon... I have struggled with weight in my adult life but not as a child. I started to gain weight around 18. Unfortunately my husbands side of the family are all pretty big but not just as young teens... they have remained big through into adulthood. This is what I want to try to address with my daughter as I know she isn't happy.

BTW... well done at addressing your weight issues!
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