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It's nice to know that in New York City, there are still moms with so much cash to blow and such an unhealthy obsession with their kids' weight that they'll cough up $95 an hour for a personal trainer to whip their tubby tykes into shape.

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Ronda Kaysen: That's right. In Manhattan's tony corners, moms are hiring personal trainers for kids as young as 5 to help them shed the pounds by doing squats, push-ups, and jogging. Have these people not heard of a thing called a playground?

"We spent the whole summer traveling through France and Italy and eating, and I could see he was putting on a little weight," Jennifer Dimuro, a Tribeca mom who hired a personal trainer for her 8-year-old son, told the New York Post. "Julian's idea of recreation is a food tour in the West Village."

Why would little Julian need a personal trainer? Well, the family is so busy he doesn't have time for exercise -- his parents haven't even managed to find time to teach him how to ride a bike.

These moms blame the city for their kids' sedentary lives. "City kids do not have time to be active," bemoaned Elle Shindler, an Upper East Side mom who founded a kiddie personal-training business.

Come to think of it, my 2-year-old has been looking a little porky since his Halloween chocolate binge. His baby potbelly is getting a little large, especially when he drools on it. Maybe I should sign him up for a personal trainer. If these moms are starting their kids at 5, imagine the luck I'd have with a toddler. He could have a six-pack before he's out of diapers.



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Joanna Dolgoff November 5, 2009, 9:11 AM

With the current child obesity crisis in this country, many parents have no choice but to turn to a professional. Many parents work long hours and don’t have time to take their children for a work out. And most obese kids won’t burn the necessary calories simply going to a playground. They need to significantly increase their heart rates to burn calories and lose weight. As a pediatrician and child obesity specialist, I have seen the success that kids have had working with trainers. Most trainers who specialize in child training do not do the normal “personal trainer” activities with them. They don’t lift heavy weights or go on the treadmill. Instead, they play games like tag and jump rope, focusing on keeping the child’s heart rate in the proper zone. And most trainers that I know charge much less than $95 when working with kids. I wouldn’t recommend this for the average child but I do think overweight and obese kids need all the help they can get!

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