Parental Strategies for Children’s Weight Management

Parental Strategies for Children’s Weight Management

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. In addition to this, you can start encouraging your child to develop habits that are going to benefit him or her in the long run. We’re going to talk about a few of these things here.

The type of drinks that your child consumes can have an effect on his or her health and weight. Have you noticed that most kids these days favor sodas and high calorie beverages over plain old water? Energy drinks are also extremely popular among the younger generation. Also, a lot kids today hang out at coffee shops where they end up ordering a latte or some other high calorie coffee drink. Fruit juices are also high in calorie and sugar and therefore contribute to the problem of obesity in children. It’s because the fruit juice drinks sold in stores these days don’t contain real fruit; they’re highly concentrated and packed full of sugar. Water is still the best beverage that your child should be drinking more of. However, there are healthy, low-calorie alternatives such as herbal teas. You’ll want to encourage your child to cut back on his or her consumption of sodas and other high calorie drinks in order to lose weight.

While eating healthy habits are what you want your child to develop, it won’t do you any good really if you get way too strict on the food that you allow your child to consume. When you keep your child from having the foods he or she love, your child is just going to want more of those. Your child may develop binge eating because he or she will try to find ways to eat those forbidden foods when you aren’t looking.

Activity is also important and can also have a huge impact on children’s weight levels.  Any child who eats too much and lives a sedentary life is going to put on weight obviously.   Computer and internet time should be carefully monitored – make sure the time allowed is valued and stuck to.  By all means let your children have some screen time, be it games or some sort of quality TV like the BBC TV children’s content – http://mathsurvey.org/how-to-watch-bbc-iplayer-in-america.html.

This habit is then often carried over into adulthood. Concentrate on limiting your child’s consumption instead of completely forbidding your child to eat them. If your child loves pastries, for example, you can let your child have some every few weeks or so. And make sure you give your child just enough of such foods to satisfy the cravings.

For so many years, it has been believed that milk is healthy and should therefore be part of every person’s diet. Opinions these days differ when it comes to milk and dairy products. It’s not a good idea to let an overweight or obese child to consume too much milk and milk-based products like ice cream and cheese.

Young children are often encouraged to drink lots of milk, and this habit may stay with them even when it’s not good for them. Chocolate milk isn’t healthy either. Low fat yogurt is a good substitute, as this is a good source of protein and calcium but with fewer calories and less fat. Whether or not milk should be eliminated from a child’s diet is a hotly debated topic, and if you’re not convinced that milk isn’t healthy, you should at least try to cut back on your child’s consumption of milk products, especially ice cream and cheese. Parents can help their kids reach or maintain a healthy weight in a variety of ways. We’ve just given you a couple of things you can do to encourage your child to have healthier habits. If your child does have a weight problem, be patient and keep your expectations reasonable. Losing weight isn’t easy for either children or adults, but it can be accomplished if you apply the right strategy and are persistent.

Jane Jennings

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