Friday, August 28th at 10 a.m.
Like any parent, you want your child to grow up healthy and happy. But for many children, unhealthy weight gain is a serious problem. Being overweight can lead to serious lifelong health problems, such as diabetes. It can also hurt a child's self-esteem and lead to isolation from peers. The good news is, there is a lot you can do to help. And even if your child isn't struggling with weight, now is still a great time to teach healthy habits that last a lifetime.
What Causes Unhealthy Weight?
Dieting Is Not the Answer. Growing children need healthy food for strong bodies. They should NOT be put on calorie-restricting diets. Instead, kids should be encouraged to play each day, and to eat healthy foods instead of junk foods. This helps a child grow naturally into a healthy weight. Remember, being fit doesn’t mean being thin. Healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. If you have concerns about your child’s weight, talk with your child's doctor.
Set a Good Example. The most important role model your child will ever have is YOU. So you can’t expect your child to change his or her habits if you don’t set a good example. This might mean making changes in your own routine, like watching less TV. But the results will be worth it!
Small Changes Add Up. Changing habits isn’t easy. It helps, though, if you don’t try to tackle too much at once. Start with small things, like buying fruit for snacks and taking your child for walks or other physical activities. Over time, making small changes will add up to big improvements.
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