As children get older, obesity gets worse. The majority of young people are overweight as a result of poor eating habits and insufficient exercise. Since early childhood is when these behaviors are formed, early obesity prevention measures are essential.
Parents determine the child’s physical type and shape. These items are out of your control, but they may have an effect on your child’s diet and exercise regime, which will also affect his or her body weight. Failure to intervene can make your child more susceptible to chronic diseases. In this article, we discuss lifestyle changes that can help with weight loss in obese children.
Lifestyle changes to help beat or prevent childhood obesity:
- No matter if there is food on their plate, let your child decide when to have enough. Children are encouraged to understand hunger and fullness as a result. As your child gets older, these behaviors may help regulate appetite and prevent overeating.
- Purchase, prepare and serve the foods you want your child to consume. Give children the freedom to decide how much and what kind of meals they eat.
- Occasionally, include your child’s favorite foods in the family meal.
- If your family eats in a hurry, encourage them to eat slowly. Between bites, put the knife and fork down. Foods that need a lot of chewing should be encouraged.
- Be an example to others. Make sure your little one is watching that you are eating a well-balanced diet.
- Avoid using food to discipline, reward, or cheer up your child. While it may be tempting to do this once in a while, doing so develops unhealthy relationships with food.
- Involve children in basic meal preparation, such as cutting salads.
- Even if you get a negative response at first, keep introducing healthy foods.
- Help your child decide when to eat because he’s bored, upset, or alone. To help them get distracted, try suggesting a different activity.
- Be active as a family. Let your little one see you play sports, too.
- Encourage plenty of unstructured outdoor play.
- Make an effort to reduce driving. To get to school, the store, or a friend’s house, ride a bike or walk.
- Help your child balance sports with fun activities and individual sports like swimming and dancing.
- Find an activity that is fun, accessible, economical, and appropriate for your child’s age and skill level. Inquire about options with your child’s physical education teacher, daycare provider, community center staff or other parents.
- Encourage your children to be active, despite the fact that it is not always simple. Keep in mind that if your child becomes hot and sweaty when engaging in physical activity, this is a sign that he is working his body and is benefiting from exercise.
- Be encouraging and supportive. Some children experience embarrassment and discomfort because of their physical appearance or attractiveness.
- Minimize sedentary activities including watching TV, watching videos, using laptops, and playing games on personal screens.
- For children aged five and over, these activities should last no more than two hours each day; For children aged two to five years, they should not last more than one hour a day.
- Avoid watching TV and eating. This can make family time less useful.
- In conclusion, inculcating a better lifestyle for your child is a team effort. These changes can be time consuming and stressful. It is important to stay motivated and not give up.
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