1 Role model – Your health and weight have a direct impact on your child’s health and weight. Children with only one overweight parent have a 25% chance of becoming an overweight or obese adult. If both parents are overweight, the risk of becoming an overweight adult is up to 50%.
2 Be positive – No one enjoys negative feedback. Talk to your child with compassion and encouragement. Instead of saying “lose weight,” say “let’s be healthy and start taking care of our bodies.” Focus on the foods you can eat, not the foods you can’t eat. Say, “Let’s go pick fruit and make a fruit salad,” not “Don’t eat that.”
3 Make Healthy Eating a Family Affair – A family that eats together, eats better, according to a recent study in the journal Archives of Family Medicine. Children who regularly report family dinners are eating healthier than their peers who don’t, the study found. Also, fill your fridge and cabinets with fresh fruit, nuts, low-fat cheese, and things everyone can snack on.
Eat Breakfast – A breakfast consisting of protein, starch and fat will keep your kids more alert during school hours. Studies have shown that losing weight is much more difficult in people who skip breakfast.
5 Make Time for Physical Activity – Make physical activity a family activity. Take a half-hour walk every night after dinner in the summer and make it an activity that kids can look forward to. If you can afford it, enroll your kids in dancing or a sporting activity they enjoy because they must enjoy it to keep doing it. Or just put on some dance music and have a dance party at home.
Don’t say a diet – Put your child on a diet and you prepare him for an eating disorder – whether it be binge eating or chastisement or some other type of disorder. Lifestyle changes have been shown to be the most effective for weight loss and keeping it off.
7 Avoid portion distortion – When serving food, try to divide the meal into dishes and avoid buffet or family meals. When you’re exposed to so much food, your eyes are easily bigger than your stomach. Resist the initial temptation to take seconds and then check in with yourself to see if you’re really hungry.<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">