Helping Your Kids Shed Unwanted Pounds
Obesity rates are increasing in many populations, but it is not just among adults. Weights on average are increasing in children. If you are a parent of a child that could stand to lose a few pounds, then you need to know that your adult weight loss tactics are not going to work for your kids. Keep reading into the following paragraphs for what you can do to help them weigh less for a healthy future.
Take your child to the pediatrician prior to initiating any dietary or exercise regimens. First of all, you need your child’s pediatrician to make sure that your child does in fact need to lose weight. Kids grow in spurts, and sometimes are going to maybe appear overweight when in fact they are just waiting for the next growth spurt. Only stick to the dietary and exercise recommendations your pediatrician gives you. The health of kids can be harmed for decades to come if they are put through intense dieting or exercise.
One thing you can do more often, even without a doctor’s note, is to have your kids turn off their electronic toys and go play outside. The best thing is to start turning off all your own electronics and go with them outside. You have a busy and hectic life, and an hour of sunlight is probably going to do you wonders to. Just get your kids out the door, regardless of protest. Something outside should capture their attention pretty quickly.
Make sure that you pack lunches for your children to eat at school. You have little control, or sometimes knowledge, of what is going on in the school cafeteria. Just cut this out of the equation altogether.
Rid your house of junk food, and make snacks readily available that are healthy and plentiful. Nuts, cheese, fruit and even yogurt make great choices and come in portions small enough for most children to handle.
Make sure that you are the epitome of healthy eating. Children learn more from their parents example than anything, and your child will imitate what you do even if it is contrary to what you say a thousand times. Eat right for a month, and your child will pick up on it too at the dinner table.
Never chastise or punish your child over their weight. As a matter of fact, try to never even let them know you are trying to get their weight down. This is especially true for daughters, but still important to boys. You do not want your attempts to get them healthy to be the breeding grounds for eating disorders later in life.
If you can help your kids lose excess pounds while they are young, you can make an impact on their adult years that is beyond your imagination or expectation. Help them now in their eating and activity habits, and you can make sure that their adult years are full of health and happiness. Just remember to lead by example and never judge them.