This program is  fully funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health

Is Your Child Suffering Because of Their Weight?

Daily bullying, self-esteem issues, and rejection are just some of the things that children with excess weight face. They shouldn't have to. Find out how Ottawa's Family Reset program can help.

This program is  fully funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health

Is Your Child Suffering Because of Their Weight?

Daily bullying, self-esteem issues, and rejection are just some of the things that children with excess weight face. They shouldn't have to. Find out how Ottawa's Family Reset program can help.

Meet Tom, 8

Growing up, nothing about Tom was out of the ordinary. He was a happy child, had loving parents who wanted to him to do well in school, and he frequently played with his classmates. Then, something changed.

To Tom, it was abrupt. He noticed that people would stare at him more. Other kids, who he once had no trouble befriending, would whisper to each other around him and giggle when he turned to look at them.

His parents, on the other hand, knew the root cause: Tom had gained weight over the years and started carrying excess weight, and weight is the number one cause of schoolyard bullying.

They weren't sure what to do. They rarely acknowledged Tom's weight – sidestepping the awkward topic because acknowledgment meant they were "bad parents" (they weren't) – let alone know how to tackle the issue.

Tom's parents might have felt desperately alone, but they weren't. In fact, childhood overweight and obesity in Ontario affects nearly one in three children. And again, they weren't bad parents; they were as loving as any parents and only wanted the best for their child.

Had they understood the complex nature of obesity, they would have known that they weren't to blame. But it's not too late--there are a lot of tools at their disposal including Ottawa's free Family Reset program (more information below).

THE EFFECTS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY

Childhood overweight and obesity in Ontario affects nearly one in three children and less than 1/5 of these children will outgrow their at-weight risk by 5th grade.

Unfortunately not only are children with overweight or obesity at an increased risk of potential medical problems. They also may face more of the following issues.
Poor Self-Esteem - They may also feel socially isolated and develop feelings of depression.

Anxiety - They may develop high levels of stress and anxiety because of their weight.

Impaired Social Skills - 24 percent boys and 30 percent girls experienced daily teasing, bullying, or rejection.

Behavioural Issues
- Learning problems may develop as a result of psychological difficulties related to childhood obesity

No parents should have to face this issue by themselves. That's why the the Ontario Ministry of Health, in conjunction with the Bariatric Medical Institute, created the Family Reset program.

Family Reset is a free program delivered exclusively to parents of children between the ages of 5-12 whose weights are of concern.

The Family Reset Program

The free twelve-month program includes unlimited access to our physicians, registered dietitians, behavioural social workers, and certified personal trainers, cooking classes, and more.

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.
1

Enrollment

Find out if your child meets the requirements by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page. If he/she does and there is still space (there are limited spots on a first-come-first-serve basis), they will be accepted.
2

Pair Up & Meet With Your Professionals

Parents will then begin working with a physician, a registered dietitian, and a clinical pediatric social worker. There are regularly scheduled sessions, but 12 months of unlimited one-on-one counseling if extra sessions are required.
3

Attend Group Classes and Sessions

During this time, you'll also attend group classes/sessions. (Listed below)

Group Sessions

5 Group classes for children, led by a specialized social worker/behaviourist with sessions focusing on emotional strength and resilience self-esteem, anti-bullying, body image and stereotypes, depression, anxiety, and anger management. There will be no emphasis or discussion on weight at these meetings aside from how weight might play into the emotions and issues being discussed.

1 Group class for parents who have overweight or obesity led by a clinical psychologist on common psychological roadblocks to self-efficacy.

10 Hours (up to) of one-on-one therapy with a clinical psychologist for parents struggling with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety as improving the treatment of mood disturbances will likely improve those parents’ interactions with their children.

2 Group cooking classes for all parents at a rented outside facility designed to teach basic cooking and meal preparation skills. Thanks to the generosity of best selling cookbook authors Greta and Janet Podleski, each family will receive a free copy of their latest compilation The Looneyspoons Collection which was Canada’s best-selling cookbook of 2012.

156 Total number of group fitness sessions for parents who have overweight or obesity that can be attended throughout the entirety of the program.

Reserve your spot

As part of Ontario’s childhood obesity strategy, BMI’s Family Reset program will be offered at no cost to those families who qualify. To qualify, your child must be between 5-12 and their weight is between the 85th weight percentile and 99th percentile.In order to see if your child qualifies, click on the link below.
This program is  fully funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health

Is Your Child Suffering Because of Their Weight?

Daily bullying, self-esteem issues, and rejection are just some of the things that children with excess weight face. They shouldn't have to. Find out how Ottawa's Family Reset program can help.

contact

frontdesk@bmimedical.ca613-730-0264

Address

575 West Hunt Club, Suite 100 Ottawa, ON K2G 5W5

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