Worried about your child’s overweight problem? You can help your child by asking them to develop healthy habits. As a parent, you can help your child maintain a healthy weight by teaching them good eating habits, involving them in physical activity and building healthy sleep habits.
Here are some ways you can help your overweight child:
- Support and Encourage Them
- Involve Your Whole Family
- Increase Physical Activity
Overweight child needs support and encouragement from parents. Let them know that it’s okay to be overweight. If you will accept your child, they will feel good about themselves. Talk to them and ask them to share their concerns.
Don’t single out your overweight child, involve your family while you are teaching healthy habits. Focus on changing your family’s physical activity and eating habits instead of just pointing towards your overweight child.
Regular physical activity ensures a healthy lifestyle and helps in controlling weight. You can increase your family’s physical activity by:
Plan activities that involve exercise as well as enjoyment. Include walking, biking, dancing, or swimming in your everyday activities.
Make sure your child is comfortable when participating in the physical activities. Find activities that they can enjoy and that are not embarrassing for them.
Reduce the time your family spends in sedentary activities-watching T.V. and playing video games.
Be a role model. Remain active yourself and encourage your family to do so. Walk around, or take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Teaching healthy eating habits will help your child take the right approach towards eating. Explain them how to make healthy food choices. Discuss how certain food and drinks affect their health and help them stay fit and healthy.
According to some studies, excess weight in children is linked to not getting enough sleep. So make sure your child is getting enough sleep. The amount of sleep your child should get depends on his/her age.
Be positive and supportive throughout the weight-loss program to help your child achieve a healthy weight.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and Child Day Care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.