Child Obesity Treatment

Get here our best tips for child obesity treatment. First of all, if you want to keep children of all ages at a healthy and desirable weight, it is better to take a whole-family approach. Have you ever heard of the "practice what you preach" mentality?

make eating & exercising a family affair

You should plan on making eating and exercising a family affair. It would be a good idea to get your children involved in planning and preparing healthy meals.

You should let them pick out some of their favorite, healthy recipes, make up a grocery list together and take your child along when you do your grocery shopping. In this way, they can learn how to make good food choices. This is a great step in child obesity treatment.

treats or sweets are no rewards!

Try not to reward your child for good behavior or don’t try to reward your child’s bad behavior with treats or sweets. Try to find other solutions in order to modify their behavior.

child obesity treatment means also
no clean-plate policy!

Get over the clean-plate policy. Try to take your cues from your children. Even babies know when they have had enough to eat. If your child is satisfied, then do not force him or her to continue to eat. Reinforce the concept that they should eat only when they are truly hungry.

don't eliminate all favorite snacks

Stop talking about "bad foods" and don’t completely eliminate all favorite snacks and treats from an overweight child’s diet.

It may be that you find that your child may rebel and either eat the forbidden foods when he is away from home or else he will sneak them into the house on his own.

Some recommendations for child obesity treatment for children of all ages:

• Birth to one year – You may want to consider breastfeeding your baby. It not only has many health benefits but may help prevent excessive weight gain. Babies who are breastfed are better able to control their own intake and follow their internal hunger cues.

• Ages 2 to 6 – Try and begin good habits early. Encourage your child’s natural tendency to be active and try to offer your child a variety of healthy foods. Accepting a new food by your child may take 10 tries or even more so don’t give up.

• Ages 7 to 12 – Encourage physical activity in your child each day no matter if it is a game of soccer during recess or an organized team sport. When your child gets home from school, be sure that your child maintains his activity doing such things as playing in the yard and walking. At this age, your child should be actively involved in making good food choices.

• Ages 13 to 17 – Teens and fast food seem to go together. If they must frequent the fast food scene, help them to make healthier choices like getting salads, grilled chicken sandwiches and encourage them to get smaller portions. Encourage activity in you teen each day. If they do not like organize sports, suggest intramural programs, fitness classes such as pilates or yoga, or some alternative sport such as inline skating, skateboarding or mountain biking.

• All ages – Cut down on computer, TV and video games and try to discourage eating while you are watching television. Try to serve healthy food and eat meals together as often as you can. In your child’s diet, try to include 5 servings of vegetables and fruits each day, plan healthy snacks, and encourage your child to eat breakfast every day. After all, this is the most important meal of the day! Encourage your child to be active but do not force any sport or activity on them. Help them discover what they enjoy and encourage them in their efforts.

you are modeling a healthy lifestyle
for your children

You as a parent must try to exercise on a regular basis, eat well and incorporate healthy habits into the daily life of your family.

Whether you know it or not, you are modeling a healthy lifestyle for your children that may very well last well into adulthood!

Above all: Let your children know
that you love them!

Talk to your children about how important it is to eat well and stay active. However, turn this into a family affair that will become second nature for you as well as your children.

Most of all, whether your children are overweight or not, let them know that you love them above all else. It is your wish that your children stay happy and healthy.

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