There is no single ideal weight for children of a particular age, especially since they are continually growing and changing as part of normal development. Growth and development happen at different rates for different children. Restricting food intake might negatively affect their development.
As a teacher, your best approach is to encourage all students to make healthy food choices from the four food groups and to be active every day. If parents express concern to you about their child's weight, encourage them to talk to a Registered Dietitian (RD).
Visit dietitians.ca to find an RD in your area.
It is important to remember that, like adults, healthy children come in various shapes and sizes. Do not assume that heavier or larger children are unhealthy or that seemingly average-weight children are healthy. Promote positive, healthy behaviour among all students, regardless of their weight:
Children are constantly exposed to media messages that promote the ideal female body as thin and the ideal male body as muscular. By about grade 3, children can begin to experience body image dissatisfaction. These feelings and related behaviours increase with age.
As a teacher, you can help students feel good about themselves:
For more information on body image and self esteem, visit About Kids Health.
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