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Obesity in Kids
Obesity is a serious problem that is impacting
more kids each year. It is a disease that negatively impacts the
quality of life that children can have, and it impacts the quality
of life that the child will have when they are adults. To help
reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, organ failure,
depression, and other health problems you need to take control of
your child’s health and help them to be healthier individuals.
Tip 1 – Figure Out the Cause
There are many causes of obesity in children. Some
causes are emotional, some are social, while others are medical.
Before you can correct the problem you need to understand the
cause. You can start by talking with your child. Try to gage their
happiness. Find out if there is something that is going on in
their life that is causing them to seek refuge in food. If you
can’t seem to find an emotional reason for their over-eating visit
with your pediatrician. You child may be suffering from a medical
condition that is causing their weight gain.
Tip 2 – Lead by Example
You are your child’s number one role model. If you
are eating high fat, high calorie foods all day long and not
exercising then they will think that this is how you are supposed
to act. Change your eating habits and exercise habits and include
your child in your lifestyle changes.
Tip 3 – Create an Environment That Supports
Healthy Eating Habits
One of the most difficult thing to do is to stop
eating junk food. This is because high fat high calorie foods are
addictive. If you want to create a home environment that supports
healthy eating habits you are going to have to stop buying junk
food all together. Going cold turkey is the only way to kick this
bad habit. Replace junk food with tasty, but healthy alternatives.
Make sure that there are always healthy snacks on hand. This will
help reduce the withdrawal pangs and help foster better food
Tip 4 – Play Together
One way to encourage your child to become more
active is to make exercise a family activity. Try going to the
park together, taking hikes together, or playing sports together.
You may also want to train for a foot race together. This will
give your family a fitness goal to work for, and it will add extra
incentive to stick with an exercise program.
Tip 5 – Provide Opportunities for Your Child to
While it is important to exercise as a family, it
is also important to provide your child with the opportunity to be
independently active. Try signing them up for sports team, or
lesson of some sort. To ensure that they stick with the activity
select the team or lesson together. If cost is a concern consider
joining a YMCA or school sponsored team.