At what point should I raise a weight loss program for my child?
If you have concerns about your child’s weight, talk to your family doctor. Do not make your child eat a diet to lose weight without telling your doctor. Children need certain amounts of calories and nutrients to grow, learn and develop.
What can I do to help my child with weight problems?
Healthy habits such as proper nutrition and physical activity can help prevent or correct the problems of weight and protect one against the health and social problems that come with being overweight or obesity.
Here are some ideas:
- Keep snacks in your home ready, such as fruits (apples and bananas, for example) and raw vegetables (carrots and celery bits, for example). Keep unhealthy foods out of your home.
- In the prepared foods, include proteins with low-fat, vegetables and whole grains.
- Avoid foods in fast food restaurants.
- Choose the healthiest options available when eating at fast food restaurants or table service.
-Limit time spent in watching television, playing computer or game console to no more than two (2) hours per day.
- Encourage your child to be active. Try to play actively for one (1) hour per day.
- Encourage your child to engage in physical activities that you like very much. Some children enjoy team activities or group while others enjoy the activities that they can do alone.
- Include physical activity in daily life and plann active family outings.
- Be a good role model. Do what you say, eat healthy and exercise.
For best results, all nutrition program and activities should involve the whole family, not just the child with weight problems. Try not to think about the changes you make as a “diet” or “programs” are temporary. Instead, think of it as a permanent plan for improving the health of the whole family.