Things Parents Can Do Help Their Children from Becoming Overweight or Obese

Published: 08th May 2020
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Childhood obesity is becoming very common in the United States and other countries. This problem is something to be very concerned about because obese children and teens are more likely to develop many serious health conditions. Is your child overweight or obese? You can do a number of things to help your child. One way to fight obesity is to keep your child active and below you'll find a few suggestions.

There's no question that kids who are more active are less likely to be overweight. It's also common for children with weight problems to not have a lot of confidence in themselves. Because of their weight problem, they tend to not be athletic. In addition, they are often the subject of ridicule or bullying by other kids. All these things can discourage them from getting into activities that can help them lose weight and be healthy. If you have an overweight child with low self-esteem, try easing him or her into activities that aren't very challenging. For example, you could start off by taking twenty minute walks with your child. Try also classes or activities that don't require much athletic ability but offers your child the opportunity to be more active. Try getting your child in a swimming class. Or maybe get him or her with a hiking group. You can also go biking with your child regularly.

It's important that you encourage your child to develop healthy eating habits, but be careful that you don't get too restrictive. Many parents become too restrictive and completely forbid their children to eat the foods they love, but this just makes their children feel deprived. Your child may develop binge eating because he or she will try to find ways to eat those forbidden foods when you aren't looking.

Many children grow into adults having this bad habit. Your child will be a bit more receptive to the idea of eating more healthily if instead of completely forbidding them to eat the foods they like, you start by limiting their consumption of those foods. For instance, you can let your child know he or she can still have some sweets or fast foods but only on certain occasion. And when your child eats such foods, the foods must be in smaller or sensible portions.

Milk has long been considered a staple of a healthy diet, especially for kids. Today, there are differing opinions with regards to milk and dairy products. If you have an overweight child, be careful about his or her consumption of milk and milk-based products such as cheese and ice cream.

Most children are told to drink lots of milk and it's one habit they're likely to stick with even if milk isn't good for them. Take care that your child doesn't drink chocolate milk either, as it's even more packed with calories. Try getting your child to eat healthier milk substitutes such as low-fat yogurt. These yogurts have protein and calcium and less fat and fewer calories. You may still think that milk is a healthy food product and you wouldn't want to completely take it out of your child's diet. The least you can do, though, is make sure that your child isn't consuming too much of it, especially the ice creams and cheeses. There are many things that parents can do to encourage their children to stay at a healthy weight. The suggestions we've discussed should help you get started on getting your child on the path toward a healthy weight. If your child indeed is overweight, it's important that you keep your expectations realistic and that you be patient. Your child will need a lot of support and encouragement if he or she is to get to a healthy weight.

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