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概述:In the Stanford Hospital,there are classes for overweight kids to lose weight through a six-month program with their families and coaches.What about the effect of the program? Would they like to go on these healthy diets?

Thea Runyan
Sarah Varney
The last thing a parent wants is to saddle a child with a self-image problem or eating disorder. So instead, Zedeck encourages parents to tell their child that the whole family could stand to be healthier, and the program is something they can do together. Thea Runyan, the health coach, says often, though, there are plenty of clues that a child actually wants help. For example, Gabriel asked his mom if he was fat. Other kids complain they can't keep up during soccer or basketball. But Runyan says parents, out of embarrassment or nervousness or their own issues with weight or food, can dismiss the problem. "I think what happens when this issue comes up at home is the parent is quick to say, oh no, nothing's wrong, everything's fine, you're wonderful, I love you; instead of listening and saying OK, they're actually asking for help." The program here at Stanford has an enviable success rate. Since 1999, about 80% of the kids who've finished have achieved their body weight goals. Although most of the families here were referred by a pediatrician, health insurers won't pay for it. Instead, the costs are largely covered by grants for low-income families, while others pay out of pocket. For Gabriel, he says being with other kids who are overweight and trying to get healthier has kept him going. "It's not like I'm the only person in the world. I know there are other people out there like me." For tweens and teens who are still growing, the goal is not to shed pounds, but to maintain a healthy weight. Gabriel is closing in on his health goals. His weight is staying about the same, but he's growing taller - and clearly, growing into himself. For NPR News, I'm Sarah Varney.
父母最不希望自己的孩子因为饮食失调引起的形象问题而烦恼。所以,Zedeck希望家长们鼓励自己的孩子,全家人一起坚持,努力变得更健康一些。 Thea Runyan是一名健身教练。她说,我们可以从许多细节发现孩子需要我们的帮助。 比如,加百利曾经问过他的妈妈他是不是有点肥。还有些孩子会跟家长抱怨他们在足球赛和篮球赛时常常体力不支。“但是,”Runyan 说,“为了避免尴尬和焦虑,或者由于本身的饮食和体重问题,父母常常会对这些问题敷衍了事。” “我觉得当这样的情景在家里出现时,家长们常常会想也不想地说,‘噢,没这回事。一切都很好,你很棒。我爱你。’当孩子有在寻求帮助时,他们只是随口答应“好的。”,却没有仔细倾听。” 斯坦福的健身项目取得了明显的成绩。从1999年起,超过80%的孩子在结束了他们的训练后,达到了目标体重。虽然这的大部分孩子都由儿科医师诊治,但费用并没有被涵盖在健康保险内。低收入家庭的治疗费大多由补助金支付,其他家庭的费用则须自行承担。 加百利说 ,在这里和同样体重超标,但希望变得更健康的孩子们一起,给了他继续下去的信心和勇气。 “世界上不是只有我一个人,我知道这里还有些人跟我一样。” 对于那些还在发育期的青少年,参加该项目不是为了减轻体重,而是将体重维持在一个健康的水平。加百利刚刚结束了他的治疗。如今,他的体重还维持原样,但他变高了,也变得对自己更有自信了。 以上是NPR新闻,我是Sarah Varney。 ——译文来自: chensini