4 Practical Suggestions To Help Your Children Lose Weight

Suggestion 1 : Encourage Your Kids To Make Changes To Their General Lifestyle

1. Less Television

4 Practical Suggestions To Help Your Children Lose Weight
  • Several studies have found a strong link between obesity and time spent watching TV. This isn't surprising.
  • We burn fewer calories watching TV than we do sitting still.
    TV commercials urge viewers to eat.
    The average American child sees 10,000 TV commercials a year. Approx 9,500 of these are for one of four types of food: fast foods, soft drinks, sugar-coated cereals and candy.
  • Too much TV is bound to prevent kids from developing the skills and love of sports that make physical activity so enjoyable.
  • Playing computer games may be worse than simply watching TV. They can be played all day and all night.

2. Less Television For Parents Too

We parents rely on TV to amuse our kids. Then we get upset when our kids get fat. The moral? We have to take a greater interest in our kids and their activities. This doesn't mean we have to entertain our kids from morning till night. But we have to get 'involved'.

  • We should encourage our older kids to read, do something creative or participate in school or community sports activities.
  • We should set aside more time to play with our younger kids.
  • We should set an example by talking to our kids about different things, in the hope that we can interest and inspire them to undertake new activities and projects.

Suggestion 2 : Encourage Them To Become More Physically Active

  1. Be active yourself! Share your activity with your kids.
  2. Play with them! Play football, go cycling, go skating, go swimming.
  3. Be more active as a family. Take family walks and hikes, and so on.
  4. Help your kids to find activities that they enjoy by showing them different possibilities.
  5. A good trick to encourage them to take exercise is to ask them to help you to get fit. Ask them to go for a walk with you, or a swim, or a cycle.

Suggestion 3 : Make It Easy For Them To Eat Healthily

  1. Be positive about making changes.
  2. Be encouraging rather than dogmatic.
  3. If there are other kids in the family whose weight is normal, don't make an issue of the overweight child having to 'go on a diet', while the other kids carry on eating as 'normal'.
  4. Introduce changes on a 'healthy eating' pretext for all the family rather than a 'diet' for the overweight child.
  5. Let them know that they're great as they are, and that losing weight is something they can do to improve their life, not something to make other people approve of them.
  6. Talk about the benefits they will get from changing their eating habits. Explain it will make things even better for them: e.g. more energy, more confidence, more friends, more clothes and so on.
  7. Talk to them about the changes that they could make. Get them to agree. Don't impose anything.

Suggestion 4 : Set A Good Example For Them, Yourself

Most kids learn by example. They watch and they copy. So one of the most important things you can do to prevent obesity in your kids, is to set a good personal example.

  1. Take regular exercise.
  2. Don't sit in front of a TV all day.
  3. Find out about nutrition.
  4. Buy lots of healthy food.
  5. Cook healthy meals.
  6. Explain to your kids what makes foods healthy and unhealthy.

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