As parent, you must be worrying about the health of your children, here are 7 tips for your reference or reading pleasure:
- Don’t Talk DIET – Put your child on any diet and you are setting them up for an eating disorder – whether binge eating or closet eating or another type of disorder. Lifestyle changes have proven to be the most effective to lose weight and keep it off.
- Must Eat Breakfast – A breakfast that consists of protein, starch and fat will keep your children more alert during school. Studies have shown that weight loss is much more difficult in people who skip breakfast.
- Be A Role Model –Your heath and weight directly effect your child’s health and weight. Children with just one overweight parent have a 25% risk of becoming an overweight or obese adult. If both parents are overweight the risk of becoming an overweight adult jumps to 50%.
- Avoid portion distortion – When serving of food, try to portion out meal on dishes and avoid buffet-type or family-style eating. When exposed to too much food it is easy for your eyes to be bigger than your stomach. Resist the temptation to go for a second round, check yourself first to see if you are still hungry.
- Be Positive- No one enjoys receiving negative feedback. Talk to your child with compassion and encouragement. Instead of saying, ‘You Must Lose weight’, say, ‘Let’s be healthy and start taking care of our bodies’. Focus on the foods you can eat, not the ones that you should avoid. Say, ‘Let’s go pick some fruits and make a fruit salad,’ instead of ‘Don’t eat that.’
- Make time for physical activity – Make physical activity a family activity. Every night after dinner, go for a half-hour walk and make it an activity that your children look forward to. If you can afford it, enroll your kids in dancing or a sporting activity that they really enjoy because they need to enjoy it to keep doing it. Or simply turn on some dance music and have a dance party around the house.
- Make healthy eating a family affair – A family that eats together, eats better, according to a study in the journal Archives of Family Medicine. Children who report frequent family dinners have healthier diets than their peers who don’t, the study showed. Also fill your refrigerator and cabinets with fresh fruits, nuts, low-fat cheese, and other healthy things for everyone to snack on.
Hopefully these tips can become useful to you in one way or another.
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