Frequently Asked Questions
Families with children ages 6 to 14 who are at risk for being overweight or who are already overweight.
A child is considered overweight if their body mass index (BMI) is at or above the 85th percentile of height to weight. [BMI is a common measure expressing the relationship (or ratio) of weight-to-height. It is a mathematical formula in which a person's body weight in kilograms is divided by the square of his or her height in meters (i.e., wt/(ht)2. The BMI is more highly correlated with body fat than any other indicator of height and weight.] Cutoff criteria are based on the 2000 CDC (Centers for Disease Control) BMI-for-age-growth charts for the United States. Based on current recommendations of expert committees, children with BMI values at or above the 95th percentile of the sex-specific BMI growth charts are categorized as obese.
There are a number of websites that can help you calculate your child’s BMI. One that is easy to use is at http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_fit/nutrition/bmi_charts.html. Fill out the forms and you will be told your child’s BMI, the percentile (e.g. 60th percentile means that 60% of a test group of the children who were your child’s sex, age, and height weighed less than your child and 40% weighed more), whether your child’s weight is healthy, and what a healthy weight is for your child. If your child is in the 85th percentile or higher, he or she is overweight and you should be concerned. If your child is in the 95th percentile or higher, he or she is obese and you should see a doctor. Ask your pediatrician how much weight your child should lose and how fast.
No. It is a program that consists of interactive nutrition activities, behavior counseling, and exercise.
KidShape is taught by a team of licensed professionals that includes a registered dietitian, family counselor and exercise specialist.
We help families to identify their triggers to unhealthy eating and sedentary behavior. Then, we work with them to develop strategies to make healthy choices.
KidShape focuses on children between the ages of 6 to 14. Children under age 6 can be enrolled in KinderShape. Those over 14 can be enrolled in TeenShape.
An enrolled child must be accompanied by either a parent or guardian during each class. KidShape is a family-based solution to what is generally a family-based problem.
10. If KidShape is a family-based program, does that mean that brothers and sisters are expected to attend?Siblings of enrolled students are not required to attend, but they are welcome.
Each class is designed to help 10 to 15 students and their families.
Classes meet for two hours 15 minutes, once a week for nine weeks.
KidShape offers classes in English and Spanish. Our curriculum also recognizes that people of different ethnic backgrounds have different dietary practices.
We started our first classes in 1987 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
We have helped more than 12,000 families in the 22 years that KidShape has been in business.
Overweight and obesity trigger a host of health problems including asthma, depression, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, prediabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, orthopedic problems, sleep disturbances, menstrual abnormalities and urinary incontinence. Scientists are finding that the lifespan of those at risk is shortened 2-5 years; and between 5-20 for those who are obese. Experts say this is the first generation that may not live as long as their parents!
KidShape gives you the tools, but losing weight is up to you and your child. Scientifically accepted research on KidShape shows that 87% of children who graduate lose weight and 80% keep it off for at least two years. It also shows that many other health indicators like blood pressure, insulin and triglyceride levels improve. We also see marked improvement in the self-esteem and happiness of our graduates. But to lose weight and decrease your child's BMI, your child has to practice daily the skills and techniques taught at KidShape. They have to eat healthy, move more, and -- as a result -- will feel good about themselves.
Explore this website or you can call us at 1-888-600-6444. For more information, please contact our program coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.