1 Parental Role – Your health and weight decisions directly effect your child’s decisions toward health and weight. Children with an overweight parent have a 25% more chance of becoming overweight or obese. If both parents are overweight the chances are doubled your children will become overweight or obese.
2 Positive reinforcement- No one benefits per negativity. Speak to your child positively and be encouraging toward not only health and weight all things good. You need to practice what you preach and allow your child to learn by example. Emphasis toward good and healthy food will plant the seed for the child to makle good healthful food decisions on their own. Allow your children to play a role in choosing healthy food whether it be at the market, out at a restaurant or maybe even the family garden.’
3 Healthy eating as a family – A family that have regular meals together, have better health and weight, according to a recent study in the journal Archives of Family Medicine. Children who report frequent family shared meals eat healthier Diets than their peers who don’t, according to the study. You need to have good and healthy food in the home for the child to make healthy choices. Things such as fruit, nuts, veggies, yogurt, cheese for snacking between meals rather than chips etc. 4 Breakfast is very important – A breakfast that consists of protein, starch and fat will keep your children more alert energized throughout the day. Studies have shown that weight loss is much more difficult for people who do not eat breakfast.
5 physical activities are crucial – As a family physical activities are very important and need to be done as a family as often as possible. Allow the children to come up with ideas for physical activities and vote on them. Maybe take walks together after dinner or ride bikes together. Also enroll in sports, dance, swimming and martial arts and self defense are very good for physical health and weight. Any activities that the children look forward too are excellent motivators and will keep them interested because they enjoy it. Turn on music and dance around the home and have is great fun and won’t be seen as a task.
6 Don’t use the word diet as something you dread – Putting your child on any diet and you are setting them up for possible eating disorders – whether binge eating or closet eating or another type of disorder. Lifestyle changes have proven to be the most
effective weight loss and keeping it off.
7 Avoid portion distortion – When serving the food try to portion out meal on dishes and avoid buffet-style eating. When exposed to so much food it is easy for your eyes to be bigger than your stomach and overeat till you are stuffed. Resist the temptation to have seconds right away and ask yourself are you really hungry.