Brianna, then 9, was teased at school. She was called derogatory nicknames, shoved in the back, and tormented. We are all aware of how much kids enjoy making fun of those who are unique in some way. And the girl stood out from the others due to her weight of 85 kg.
The parents resolved to assist their daughter in losing weight since they were sick of seeing their kid cry. True, it turned out to be a lot harder than they anticipated.
The girl’s mother acknowledged that her young kid had a passion for food. She weighed 3 kg more than other babies her age, even before turning a year old. She was also the biggest kid in the kindergarten class. She did, after all, weigh 45 kg. Brianna was seated on a bench while people were wandering around the area.
Parents didn’t just watch helplessly; they looked for the cause of the divergence. We saw physicians, endocrinologists, and psychologists and had testing done. But nobody looked for the medical causes of her “sickness” and just shrugged.
Brianna’s health suffered as a result of becoming overweight. She found it challenging to run or do other physical activities since she had shortness of breath with the slightest exertion.
Doctors warned the schoolgirl’s parents and about the risks of diabetes and cardiac issues associated with her lifestyle. However, around the age of 9, few kids are concerned with their health.
The medical advice was disregarded by Brianna, who continued to spend all of her leisure time lying on the couch and consuming snacks.
Mom of Brianna made the decision that the entire family should start a diet. After all, her parents enjoyed eating fast food and other high-calorie foods just as much as the daughter did.
Heidi Bond started by stocking the refrigerator with fresh produce. And I emptied the garbage bin of all the junk food. She then started making treats sans sugar while seeking up recipes online.
The mom suggested that her daughter select the sport she would prefer to participate in so as not to force the child into the framework.
“I made an effort to strike a balance. Be strict, but don’t set the standard too high. Be gentle and caring, Heidi advises.
The girl registered for the pool, and each day she walked 7 km with her mother along the street in the evenings. For the first several weeks, Heidi had to drag her daughter outside by yanking her off the couch.
“I instilled fear while encouraging. I generally utilized a variety of techniques to encourage my kid to study, but I never once considered quitting up. No of the weather, we went for four weekly walks. We took baby measures to get there because I set a goal, the girl’s mother explains.
They experienced effects after one month of dieting and exercise. The infant lost 4 kg. And that gave the entire family a great boost.
Brianna was able to lose 35 kg in a year, or about 40% of her entire weight. As a result, no one could identify the schoolgirl when she arrived in the classroom for the first time following the summer break.
She transformed from a slothful youngster to an energetic and upbeat schoolgirl. Brianna now enjoys playing basketball with her kids, going swimming, and even joining a cheerleading squad.
The achievement of her daughter served as inspiration for Heidi to write Who’s the New Kid? It contains advice from a woman on how parents may support their kids’ weight loss.