Helping Your Overweight Child By
10 Positive Lifestyle Changes
- Don't think "diet." Think healthy lifestyle. Get in touch with feelings -- your child's and your own. Help your child develop positive self-esteem through trust, validation of her needs, and unconditional love.
- Don't use food as a reward or punishment.
- Don't use food as the sole reason for family activities.
- Parents need to teach by example. "Do as I do" always works better that "Do as I say."
- Parents need to learn to set fair and appropriate limits that apply to all family members.
- Learn to slow down at meals and enjoy this family time. Talk about what everyone is doing, tell jokes or stories, maybe even do spelling or geography quizzes!
- Learn to eat only when hungry: don't reach for a second helping from a too-convenient bowl on the table. Instead, serve meals from the stove.
- Try various activities until you find one your family likes the best. Opt for non-competitive sports to participate in together - skate, bike, swim, or dance.
- If, and only if, the opportunity and desire are present, encourage participation in competitive sports such as baseball, tennis, and soccer.
- If you are concerned about the weight of your child, consult with your health care professional. Together you can determine whether your child has a weight problem that needs to be addressed.
Copyright © 2002, Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D., all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission
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