Helping Your Child Reach and Maintain a Healthy Weight
This is a very difficult topic and I just came across this article from a great organization: www.helpguide.com. It is a very well organized and written article that doesn’t need to have anything added. I hope you enjoy it.
The article analyses the causes for weigh problems and obesity in children, gives 7 tips to help address the problem, and give resources, references and where to find more help.
The 7 tips they offer are:
- Get the whole family involved
- Encourage healthy eating habits
- Be smart about snacks and sweets
- Watch portion sizes
- Get your kids moving
- Reduce screen time
- Get involved
“The number of children who are obese or overweight is growing at an alarming rate. Extra pounds put kids at risk of serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. Childhood obesity also takes an emotional toll. Overweight children are frequently teased and excluded from team activities, which can lead to low self-esteem, negative body image, and depression. However, with the right support, encouragement, and positive role modeling, you can help your child reach and maintain a healthy weight”.
Read the article:http://www.helpguide.org/articles/diet-weight-loss/weight-problems-and-obesity-in-children.htm#involved