Kids weight loss tips for kids of all ages

Adolescent obesity

Kids weight loss tips

Adolescent obesity has increased dramatically during the past 30 years.  Childhood obesity is associated with various health-related consequences. Weight loss in children has two goals: to ensure that the child grows and develops normally and to help the child reach a healthy weight. Children need calories for growth and development but higher intake can be resulted in overweight.

We have a responsibility to protect our children from the physical and psychological harm caused by being overweight. Get the advice of your child’s physician to determine how serious the problem is- or if there really is a problem at all.  Children vary and many appear overweight when compared to their friends but really are normal. Remember, a reasonable goal for most young overweight children is not to lose weight but to slow their weight gain and grow into their weight. By establishing healthy eating and exercise patterns, parents can defeat this enemy so that their children can grow up and not be weighted down by being weighty adults.

Maintaining Weight

Children who are encouraged to develop healthy eating and activity patterns without “dieting” can stop excess weight gain and maintain their weight while growing taller.  Maintaining weight allows children to “grow into” a healthy weight.  Weight maintenance strategies can be used with children as young as three years of age.  As children get older, over 4 years of age, the recommended strategy might be to maintain weight as the child grows and until the child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) drops down into the normal range, that is, below the 85th percentile. The recommendations are similar for children older than 7 years of age — children who are “at risk of overweight” should maintain and grow into their weight.

Losing Weight

Weight loss is rarely recommended for children under 7 years of age. It may be appropriate only if the child’s BMI falls in the overweight range and the child has a weight-related medical condition like high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol. Any weight-loss regimen provided to a child should be designed specifically for children and have a track record of lasting results. Adult-based weight-loss programs are not appropriate for most children. One way to help children to drop weight in a painless manner is to help them to increase their metabolic rate so that calories are burned at a more efficient rate.

Tips for Parents of all ages kids
1.       Children of all ages should be physically active in various types of activities like playing outside, riding bike, running etc.
2.       Parents play a crucial role in changing their children’s slothful lifestyle by increasing their own activity.
3.       Do start the day off right with a good breakfast such as a bowl of low-sugar cereal with low fat milk.
4.       Do pack a nutritious lunch for school children.
5.       Avoid fast/junk food.
6.       Decrease consumption of high-fat foods.
7.       Increase more vegetables, fruits and grains in meals.
8.       Decrease sweets, candy, cookies, chips.
9.       Change to skim/low fat milk.
10.   Reduce soda and sweet drinks
11.   Never force children to eat when they are not hungry.
12.   Do not use food as a reward. Use other activities as a reward for good behavior.
13.   Limit indoor activities like TV watching or playing video games

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