Childhood obesity has become a widespread and serious problem not only in the US but in many other countries as well. This problem is something to be very concerned about because obese children and teens are more likely to develop many serious health conditions. Fortunately, there are many things parents can do to help kids who are overweight. One way to fight obesity is to keep your child active and below you’ll find a few suggestions.
Children who engage in a lot of physical activities very rarely become overweight or obese. Overweight or obese kids also tend to be lacking in self-confidence. Moreover, they usually aren’t athletic and they often find themselves the subject of bullying or ridicule by their peers. This can discourage them from participating in the very activities that would make them healthier. Get your child to do less challenging physical activities first to get him or her to build confidence. For example, start out with leisurely 20-minute walks with your child around the neighborhood or at a nearby park. You can also look for an activity or class wherein your child can get some physical exercise without requiring him or her to be too athletic. A few possibilities are hiking, biking, and swimming.
While eating healthy habits are what you want your child to develop, it won’t do you any good really if you get way too strict on the food that you allow your child to consume. If your child is completely forbidden to eat those foods he or she likes to eat, your child will be craving for those foods and simply feel deprived. Binge eating is a bad habit that many kids develop when they sneak in the forbidden foods.
Many children grow into adults having this bad habit. You’ll have more success if you cut back on your child’s consumption of the foods instead of completely eliminating those foods from his or her diet. 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 you let your child have those foods, don’t let them eat too much of those; give them sensible portions.
For many decades, people have been made to believe that milk is healthy and should be consumed every day, especially by kids. Today, there are differing opinions with regards to milk and dairy products. Milk and other milk-based products (e.g., ice cream, cheese) aren’t healthy for overweight or obese kids.
Even when it’s not good for them anymore to drink milk, children will continue to do so because they have been trained to think that drinking milk is a good thing. If they drink chocolate milk, this contains even more calories. Low fat yogurt is a good substitute, as this is a good source of protein and calcium but with fewer calories and less fat. You don’t have to remove milk from children’s diets completely, but you should make sure they aren’t getting more than they need. There are many things that parents can do to encourage their children to stay at a healthy weight. We’ve just given you a couple of things you can do to encourage your child to have healthier habits. If your child indeed is overweight, it’s important that you keep your expectations realistic and that you be patient. Losing weight, whether for an adult or a child, isn’t an easy thing to do. You’ll need to help your child get to a healthy weight.
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