Having a chat with your child about being overweight is a hard thing to do. But it’s very important to do this, in order to prevent health problems later on. There are a few simple steps you can follow to help your child slim down.
Leading by example is a key here, because you won’t inspire your kids if they see you eating bad foods.
Make eating healthy food a family affair, and be sure not to single out one child. You can still allow snacks as long as they’re healthy, just don’t have anything that’s bad for you available.
Another thing you can do is stop using food as a reward. It’s usually sugary treats that are offered as a bribe to get homework or chores finished. Your family’s lifestyle should include healthy eating as a matter of course, and any reward system has to be completely separate from that.
When you’ve made these improvements to the way you run your home life, you next have to think about getting everybody involved in outdoor activities. You can go for a family walk at weekends, or all take up some kind of sport on a regular basis. It’s important that you don’t encourage only one child to do more sport, try to keep things the same for everyone.
It’s also very important that you always support your child. In conversation, try to understand how he or she feels towards food. Don’t set weight loss goals that are likely to be very difficult to obtain. The fact that your child feels healthier is a better mark of success than where the pointer lands on the scales.
Just a few changes will reduce your child’s weight and ensure that the pounds don’t creep back on. As a parent, the best action you can take is to set a good example of healthy living.
Cooking healthy meals and eradicating unhealthy food from the house is a good way of ensuring success for your child. Healthy eating and regular sport are the habits he or she needs to adopt for a healthy future.
Be prepared for the long haul. Although it’s going to take some time, adopting this lifestyle will enable your child to lose pounds and also to have greater control of his or her weight in the years to come.