Slimkids Review

by The Diet Critic on September 19, 2019

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Obesity is an increasing problem among children and teens and Slimkids is a weight loss program that is marketed toward assisting children and teens who need to lose a minimum of twelve pounds in order to achieve a weight within their healthy Body Mass Index (BMI).

Slimkids started in 1995 and was created in order to help to encourage families to eat in a healthy way for the purpose of helping their children to begin a more appropriate lifestyle and lose additional weight that can then be more easily maintained.

A Diet Program Developed Specifically for Children

The Slimkids diet has been developed just for kids and teens. With the help of the Slimkids online program and tips on the website, the program can be easily implemented into a child or teen’s life at home.

The program was created by Laura Kramer RN, who is certified in pediatrics and has 30 years of experience in the Child Health Care Services. She has been helping children lose weight since 1995.

Her program, which can be purchased online, teaches children and teens, “in words they understand,” how to live a healthy, happy lifestyle. The program offers easy, cheap and healthy ways for kids to shed excess pounds.

The program claims that it is safe and healthy for children and their unique dietary and activity needs. It provides nutritional food suggestions and coaching so that children will be ensured their daily nutritional requirements while using healthy portions. It claims to be dietitian approved. Its design is intended to provide three things to children by working closely with them.

These three things are:

  1. Diet
  2. Exercise
  3. Habit

It claims to be able to provide children and teens with a weight loss average of one to one and a half pounds every week. Its statistics claim that a minimum of twelve pounds are lost by three quarters of participants.

How it Helps Children Lose Weight

Slimkids offers a sensible approach to weight loss and includes tips such as:

  • Turn off the television and do something active. Studies have shown that children who are overweight watch over 2 hours of television daily.
  • Walking pets is a great way to exercise and is fun for both kids and pets.
  • Eat your meals and don’t skip them or try to starve yourself to lose weight because in the long run you’ll just eat more.
  • Weigh yourself once a week. It’s important to be conscious of weight but not obsessive about it.

Slimkids Pros

  • Cost – The benefits of the program begin with its cost. For less than $23, the Slimkids program is provided to a child for a full year, including all of the necessary booklets and professional support.
  • Easy to follow instructions – The instructions of Slimkids are easy to follow and understand for both parents and children.
  • Promotes healthy living – It promotes not only weight loss, but the development of healthy lifestyles through proper eating and activity levels so that once the weight is off, it can be maintained and the child will have the proper knowledge and habits for ensuring a healthy BMI throughout the child’s life.
  • Everyone can take part – Parents work closely with their children in the Slimkids program and can share in the delicious and nutritious meals that are encouraged by it. 

Slimkids Cons

  • Continual and consistent parental support is necessary – The downside of this program is that it is entirely reliant upon parental support, so the child will only benefit as long as the parents remain vigilant and dedicated to it.
  • It can be difficult to maintain motivation – As the rules can be unpopular with children at first – having to change their eating and activity habits – parents can lose their drive to keep it up in order to save themselves the regular struggles in the beginning.

Before starting any program that changes the way a child eats or exercises, always consult his or her pediatrician to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for that child’s unique medical needs.

September 2019 Update: Although the Slimkids website is still live, the printed version of the program is no longer in stock and there is no indication of when it may become available again. That said, you can still access “Diet Tips”, “FAQ”, “Sample Menu” and “Free Weight Loss Analysis” sections on the official site.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Allen Smith July 12, 2011 at 2:11 am

Love it! I have lost many pounds since mid February. If you are serious, this is an easy way to lose weight. I have just started to add exercise.


Marco December 9, 2012 at 8:10 am

That’s terrific. You must have very supportive parents to help you out with a program like this. I think it’s wonderful news to hear about families working on their health together. It’s the best and most effective way to build the right habits for a whole life.


Panfilo October 29, 2011 at 2:47 am

My son is 9 year old and his weight is 139 ponds. I want to loose his weight. His weight is more than my wife, so please suggest me is this right product for my son?


Rachel Wilson April 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Yes I think this would be an excellent program for your son. That is exactly what it is designed for. Good for you for being pro-active toward your child’s health. Most parents dismiss their child being overweight as “baby fat” and “they’ll grow out of it.” The thing is, is that it likely won’t go away and your child will suffer self esteem issues. I was heavier as a child (I am 19 now) and trust me, life is a hell of a lot better now that I am thin. I want to go out in the world and put my best face forward, I am not afraid to want to succeed, I have the CONFIDENCE to succeed. Before all I wanted to do was hide in the house behind closed doors. My parents sent me to a health camp for several months. It was the best thing they could have ever done for me. My life is totally changed and opened up and I now speak in primary schools about nutrition and about being healthy. I never thought I would be here doing this 5 years ago. 🙂


Connelty April 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm

@ Panfilo –

My nine year old lost 15 lbs in 3 months and it has made a huge difference. Kids are cruel and they don’t make fun of him anymore. I could not reccommend this program enough.


michelle January 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

Just ordered this diet for my child. I can’t believe the lack of healthy snacks and the encouragement to drink diet sodas and diet cocoa and diet popcorn and juice. My daughter went from drinking mainly water to thinking she should get this junk. Also, she used to eat cheese sticks or apples with peanut butter for snacks, now its diet popcorn and diet soda. Poison. There is not a single healthy snack encouraged. Do NOT recommend!


Josie July 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thank you for this post! This diet is such a bad idea. What a mess!


Fred March 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm

This is great as long as you see it as a way to work with your kid. Try to follow some of it yourself, too, especially when your child is there, so you can set the example.


Suzie Q April 3, 2012 at 10:07 am

I did this diet along with my daughter. She’s an early bloomer and put on a lot of weight when she turned 9. So we got together, went healthy, and learned a lot about food. Now she loves herself and has never looked better.


Todd April 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

That’s a great way to set an example and keep up motivation


Bruce June 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

How do you change it so that it applies to adults, too?


Kayla February 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm

It’s great that you could do the SlimKids diet together. That way she won’t feel as though it’s just her and that there’s anything wrong. It’s just a new way that the family is eating. Well done!


Norma May 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

This is a great diet if you have an overweight child. They can still eat the things they like such as hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries but just in moderation and it’s all about the portion sizes. It also encourages kids to get outside every day and be active for at least 30 minutes as the more active you are, the fast the weight will come off. Overall it’s a very nutritious way of eating, it just limits pasta and rice. It recommends a diet of between 1500-1800 calories per day and your child will lose 1-2 lbs per week.


Charlotte June 19, 2012 at 8:50 am

The only problem is I’m jealous of my kid since children lose weight so much faster than adults haha


Elaine September 29, 2012 at 8:52 am

You’re right. Kids have far faster metabolisms when they eat right and exercise. So the additional pounds that they do have can actually be managed relatively quickly as long as all the right steps are taken (in most cases). So often, it’s our own mistakes, as parents, that cause our children to gain when they don’t have to. I’m not taking a shot at other parents by saying that. I’m guilty of this, myself. I have a picky eater and I got into the habit of giving her what she wanted to eat, simply because she would eat it. That, and I realize now that I was granting her too much daily computer time when she could have been doing something physical. This program really helps straighten that out.


Jessie February 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I just wish it referred to “health” instead of “slim” in the name of the program. It’d be a better focus for kids and will be easier on self esteem.


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