Hi, I'd like to add something here too! Not so much about the weigh-ins (although I do agree on what you have all said about the subject.) Why give kids MORE weight issues!!
My son is now 8 and weighs about 35kg. That may sound like a lot but he is REALLY tall, with long legs to fill and has a great HEALTHY appetite.
My rant is more about what so many mums DO feed their kids! I think I have been more insistent on him having a healthy diet and NEVER allowing him to be overweight because of what I went through myself. I've been a classic YO YO dieter and have learnt a lot of what does and does not work over the years to LOSE weight, but it's also taught me how to give a child a healthy diet.
My son LOVES broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, peas, pumpkin... actually almost every veggie he has ever tried besides brussell sprouts, and fruit is a 3 a day thing!
Also he loves salad! And and all salad. I find it easy to feed him as mostly he will eat whatever I eat, I just give him extra! He has fruit for dessert (if anything), but he was never bought up with dessert, so has never really missed it. Sure, I still occasionally will get him a bought supermarket pizza or nuggets, or let him have a hotdog and big M for his lunch order.
Anyway, it amazed me when I was talking to one of his friends mothers (4 kids) when she was telling me her kids just REFUSE to eat anything but chicken nuggets and mashed potato or chips!!! What kind of diet is that? I took both to Maccas a few weeks back when the new pasta (healthier) kids meal came out. My boy wanted the pasta, this other kid... nuggets!
Even at my son's last (home) birthday party, I bought more nuggets than anything, and they were gone first, along with the chips. My boy was still sitting there eating a healthy quiche when the others had all scoffed down the nuggets, chips and frankfurts! LOL!
And not to mention... the stuff you see in some shopping trolleys!
AND... when my son was a baby, I would NOT let him have chips or lollies or anything bad. I would take him to visit the family and they would be offering him chips and ice-cream and all sorts of sugary stuff!!! They rolled their eyes at me when I insisted he could not have them.
So, my point is, I think that people that have struggled with their own weight are more determined to make sure their kids grow up being fit, healthy and happy. A treat every now and then is great... but they are more conscience of the sugar and fat content in things. People that haven't had the need to learn this for themselves should make the effort to learn this for the health of their kids!
WOW! Sorry. End of essay now.