childhood obesity prevention and Weight loss for children

Weight loss for childrenThe issue of child weight loss has gotten a lot of attention recently.  Parents found themselves in a difficult and confusing position when they come to know that their child needs to lose weight because he or she is clinically overweight or obese.    Weight loss in children is tricky as they are still growing and need to have a solid nutritional foundation to maintain that growth.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

The psychological effects of childhood obesity can be equally devastating. Overweight youngsters are frequently teased by their peers and adults as individuals who are less desirable to have as friends. Jokes poking fun at overweight people are common in our society. While growing up, obese children are forced to run a gamut of psychological barbs and social discriminations. As a result, they suffer low self-esteem, feel inadequate and are looked upon as the source of their own problem.

There are many things parents can do to help their children.

  1. Shift the Focus Off Your Kid’s Weight, On Lifestyle:  Children do adopt the habits of their parents.  Parents can create a healthy environment without focusing on counting calories and losing weight.  It’s just about being healthy and getting active.  Don’t make food and weight the central issue in your relationship.  For example limiting number of hours of TV or video games a child can play every day.  In this way, at least some of unhealthy variables that can contribute to weight gain can be reduced.
  2. Work on Building Your Kid’s Self-Esteem: Give the child your unconditional love and support. No matter how much he or she weighs, let your child know he or she is a good person. Build self-esteem and emphasize on their positive traits.
  3. Set Realistic Goals – Change Happens in Small Steps, Takes Time: Setting goals is very important for everything you want to achieve in life and weight loss is no exception.  In order to achieve long term success, parents need to work out on small things like include lots of fruits and vegetables in diet, active daily schedule and limiting indoor activities.
  4. Make Exercise Fun: Family and especially parent participation can be the best motivation for encouraging kids to exercise and make it fun.  If the entire family is playing a game, your child is likely to join in and enjoy him/herself.
  5. Be Careful About Food Rules: Don’t put your child on a diet. Restricting calories often backfires and may be potentially dangerous for a growing child. Instead, move the family focus away from food. Eliminate between-meal snacking, make mealtime pleasant, and never force children to eat when they are not hungry.  Never use food as bribes since this sends children the message that certain foods (cookies, cake, ice cream, etc.) are more valuable than others. Make a new household rule for everyone, including the grown-ups: No eating anywhere in the house except at the dining table.
  6. Don’t Let Your Kid’s Weight Define Her Beauty: It is the responsibility of the parents to make child believe in his/her talents and strengths and guide them to respect yourself just as you are.
  7. Watch Out for Weight and Food Obsessions: Look inward. Examine what’s in your refrigerator, your cabinets, your oven and your pantry. Cut down on non-nutritious junk foods and resist a child’s requests to buy more. Strive to prepare only low-fat, high fiber foods.
  8. Take the Long View About Your Child’s Weight: You can’t be around your kids 24 hours a day so you need to give them the tools to make their own good decisions.  Too much restriction can backfire. Teaching healthy habits by example will set them up for a lifetime of healthy eating and living.  The ultimate focus should be on gaining something positive, not on correcting a negative.

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