- by Dr Gowher Pebbles n Pearl Pediatrics and Child Care
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- May 29 2017
Tips to help your overweight child
Childhood obesity is a fast growing global epidemics, studies conducted in India have found that every 1 in 4 school going children are obese. Here are some tips which can definitely help you deal this problem.
- Do not talk about weight loss as a goal, instead incultivate healthy habits.
- Make your child learn about his body build.
- Do not use food as a reward - ever.
- Children eat what is available. Check your refrigerator and cabinets. Think about what is there and stop buying "for the kids."
- What is good for you is good for the kids: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat/fish, low fat dairy products. Avoid high calorie food.
- If your family's diet needs a lot of change, enlist the changes. Tell your kids what you are trying to move towards, and learn how to cook together. Make them understand the benefits of having healthy, balanced diet.
- Get your family to participate in physical activity on a regular basis - even if it is just walking around the block after dinner.
- Don't let your kids graze the television incessantly. You decide how much time is ok and let them decide which shows they really want to watch within that time frame.
- Don't let the television, emotions, stress or loneliness become associated with eating.
- Help your kids find non-sedentary activities they will enjoy with their friends, or with you, or are led by other enthusiastic adults. This might mean driving them to sports activities, to dance lessons, or on wilderness outings. Your kids might need several tries before finding the activities they like. But don't stop; keep trying until each discovers a special one.
- Finally, positive reinforcement for any changes your child makes in his eating and activity style will go a long way.
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