Our expert says:
Nothing at all. Rather encourage her to play games and to get involved in activities at school. If you facilitate her request for exercises, it reinforces the notion that she should should exercise to lose weight. I don't think that's especially healthy. Having said that, your question suggests that she has this complex about it (which is itself a rather disturbing fact, that someone so young is already concerned about body image, but that's another debate entirely), and I think it would be equally wrong to dismiss it. So it's a sensitive situation, but I think the best you can do is to encourage her to play. At the age of 7, that's what it's all about. So perhaps encourage her participation in school activities, playing with friends, and make every possible exercise activity with her friends fun. And this is not to help her lose weight, but to play and have fun. The focus is different, and then the weight will take care of itself. She has this chance to start off on a life of being active and enjoying it, which is a great opportunity.
Lastly, be mindful that you're responsible for a great deal of her diet, and that's something you can control. Again, I wouldn't become obsessive about her eating (you send a bad message this way), but you can make healthy choices for yourself, and for her, and help her that way.
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