Kids who are clinically obese are self- diagnosable and self-treatable if the entire family is dedicated to living healthier lifestyles. Here are 8 ways to prevent weight gain and improve your family’s relationship with food.
8 Ways To Prevent Childhood Obesity
1. Everyone eats the same food, no exceptions!
This makes an already self-conscious child feel worse about himself. And, it doesn’t work. If the child diets, then the whole family diets. Every member should sit down and eat the same meal. Offer your kids balanced meals three times a day and if a member of the family doesn’t eat, don’t feel guilty and never offer compensatory foods. If one child is thin and needs to gain weight, he can eat a second helping, but all the food must be the same. If you’re craving late night fast food, then go when the kids are asleep everyone eats the same!
2. NO talk about diets.
The majority of girls, especially, in America feel insecure about their weight. So don’t make weight the issue. Strength, good nutrition and health are the issues, NOT vanity. Make healthy eating a discipline that everyone in your family should have because being disciplined is part of life.
3. Keep your family moving and outdoors.
Kids who sit too much gain weight more easily.
So, turn off the TV, take a family dictated screen break and make your child go outside. The fresh air will help your kids move more, guaranteed.
4. Two or three times per week, offer small, bite-sized snacks that are sweet or salty.
You can buy 100 calorie snacks that will satisfy your child’s sweet tooth or junk food craving and this is fine. Just don’t give in to giving them 10 or 12. The truth is 1 bag of chips is still too many when you’re a family recovering from junk.