Ways Parents Can Fight Childhood Obesity

by on Jun.22, 2013, under Journal

Today, it’s not just adults who are obese. The number of obese children keeps going up year after year. Childhood obesity is an alarming problem and many parents are understandably worried and wanting to know how they can prevent their kids from becoming obese. If you think that your child is becoming overweight, the best first step is to consult with your child’s pediatrician. Besides this, you can do other things to make sure your child develops better, healthier habits. We’re going to discuss a couple of these steps so keep reading.

Active kids are less likely to become overweight or obese. It’s also quite common for overweight or obese children to suffer from low self-esteem. These kids are also not very athletic and are often worried that they’d be made fun of or bullied by other kids. All these things can make them even more reluctant to try activities that can help them with their weight problem. One thing you can do to help build confidence in kids is to ease them into activities that aren’t too challenging. Try taking your child on 20-minute walks at the park, for instance. There are also classes or activities that can provide your child the physical exercise he or she needs but don’t require your child to be too athletic. You can try enrolling your child in swim class. You can also go on long hikes or biking trips on the weekends. It’s in your child’s best interest if you follow the recommendations made by your child’s pediatrician in matters concerning your child’s weight. The assumption that your child has to lose weight may not be correct, and a doctor can guide you in this area. It’s normal for children to be gaining weight, and putting them on a restrictive diet without guidance can interfere with their natural growth. Don’t be too quick to judge your child as having a weight problem just because he or she has gained a few pounds. Be aware that the rate of growth among children varies. Don’t try to put your child on a diet without consulting a doctor.

Many children today are sedentary, spending hours in front of the television or playing computer games and not enough time engaged in active play. Many parents find it challenging to set a limit to their children’s use of such devices since they’ve become essential to modern life. Most homework today require the use of computers. Nonetheless, your child doesn’t have to spend a huge chunk of his or her time on the Internet or watching television. You can do a few things. For one thing, you want to make sure that meals are eaten at the dining table, not in front of the computer or television. Make sure kids get outside and play and don’t spend all their leisure time playing video games. While it’s just about impossible to not use electronic devices these days, your child shouldn’t be spending all of his or her time on those devices. As a parent, you can do many things to make sure your child stays at a healthy weight. The above are just some of the tactics that you can keep in mind to help your child develop healthier habits. You need to exercise patience and have reasonable expectations if your child does have a weight problem. Losing weight, whether for an adult or a child, isn’t an easy thing to do. You’ll need to help your child get to a healthy weight.

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