“As this is an important area, especially for children who are already overweight, it’s good for them to see their peers enjoy pole dancing as they can learn to balance, change height or move their hips freely,” said Jennifer Scott, a spokesperson for the association.
“As you get older, you know where to place your feet or have to get up closer to pole to maintain a good balance.”
Do pole dancing classes work for fat kids?
“Most of the fitness and pole dancing programs that I’ve been involved with have a very low number of girls,” said Mark Dusenberry, who has taught pole skills to young children in his church and also writes the blog Fat Kid Free.
“The numbers don’t match up to what we’re seeing in the media.”
Even so, Scott agrees: “Pole dancing is a great thing for kids to learn how to dance and to have fun.”
What are your tips for fat kids?
If any one of these tips applies to the fat kids you know, try it on for size.
1. Tell your kid that being fat makes her a better person — both physically and mentally.
For Scott, that meant explaining why she doesn’t need to eat all of the calories she consumes.
“You have to look after yourself first. It’s not healthy to eat a lot of sugar, carbs and fats,” she told CTV News.
If you can’t tell your child that, she’ll either be tempted out of her shell or get frustrated. If she’s frustrated too much, she’ll develop a negative body image and start being more selective about her eating.
2. Treat your fat friend well: You can’t expect your child to be fat the way you are.
“You can’t expect him or her to behave the way you’re expecting them to behave in society,” said Scott.
“If you treat your child with love and kindness you’ll see a healthier person,” she said.
3. Make sure your fat friend has fun.
The act of moving her hips or being up closer to pole is not a sport, Scott said.
“It’s just a bit like jumping rope,” added Dusenberry.
“It can hurt, especially if you don’t do the choreography right.”
For Dusenberry, it means making sure your pole dancing partner is on
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