That number more than doubles by high school with 58 percent of boys and 63 percent of girls experiencing daily weight related teasing and bullying.
Childhood overweight and obesity in Ontario affects nearly one in three children; should you find yourself worried about your child’s weight you certainly aren't alone. Statistics show that fewer than 1 in 5 kindergarteners identified in at-risk weight categories outgrow their at-risk weight by 5th grade.
Unfortunately not only are children with overweight or obesity at an increased risk of potential medical problems, they’re also at a higher risk of:
Our Family Reset program takes place over 12 months with the first 6 months allowing for unlimited access to our registered dietitians, social worker, personal trainers and physicians, followed by 6 more months of careful follow-up with the same team. By working with parents directly on weight related issues, rather than with the children, we eliminate the potential risk of harming a child’s body image or relationship with food. And while you’re working with our team on how to help your child with their health and weight, you’ll be given the opportunity to enrol your child in a 5 week program designed to address bullying, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and anger management.
BMI’s Ministry of Health funded Family Reset Program helps parents navigate the four main areas that are involved with healthy lifestyles and in reducing weight – Nutrition, Behaviour, Fitness, and the ability to put it all together – Fusion.
Our Family Reset program includes all of the unlimited access to our physicians, registered dietitians and certified personal trainers enjoyed by our core program, but also includes cooking classes and unlimited access to a clinical pediatric social worker who will not only help parents learn how best to implement household change, but also with the children in a group setting to work on self-esteem, anti-bullying, body image and stereotypes, depression, anxiety, and anger management – issues often seen consequent to weight struggles.
As part of Ontario’s childhood obesity strategy, BMI’s Family Reset program will be offered at no cost to those families who qualify. If one or more of your children is between 5-12 and their weight is between the 85th weight percentile and 99th percentile and would like to get more information please call our office at 613-730-0264 or fill out our request an appointment form for more information on how to get started.