Obesity is a major problem in today’s youth. And while we could point fingers at many of the reasons, I find that pointing fingers actually does nothing for solving the problem. After all, we will not shut down the thousands of fast food joints. We are just a feather in the battle against marketing fattening items to youth. And when parents or grandparents assume that a healthy child is a fat child, we have another issue.
I feel that I was put on Earth with a mission to help humans overcome weight challenges. It all starts with education. And some adults are set in their ways… But children… Children are the future. They are future leaders, doctors, scientists, etc…
If these children accept obesity as the norm instead of the exception, the future will turn dark. And when I look at today’s youth, I see amounts of obesity.
I figure that if I give some tips, those of you reading will share. And hopefully this can go viral and will help parents and children realize how obesity is bad. It causes more health problems and ultimately shortens life spans.
Here are 7 tips to help children lose weight.
Help Children Lose Weight Tip #1: Make Slight Changes
By trying to change the diet pattern of children all at once, you are liable to leave them confused and feeling a myriad of emotions. Make small changes… And explain to your child why you are changing. For their good and your good.
But allow them to have those little junk items at times and slowly get rid of them from the home.
When your child can’t find that sugar filled junk item, keep bananas, carrots or other healthy snack items in plain view.
Help Children Lose Weight Tip #2: Make It A Family Affair
Singling one child out can be demeaning. Make proper eating patterns a family affair. Don’t expect an overweight child to sit and watch you or siblings enjoy a plate full of brownies while he/she has nuts and berries.
Nuts and berries for all.
Help Children Lose Weight Tip #3: Cut Out The Processed Foods And Extra Sugars
This is going to entail a little more work for you… But you need to check the ingredients of foods you are buying. Items that say they are healthy because they are low fat are usually full of extra sugars to help them have more flavor. Fruit juices, unless 100% juice, are full of all kinds of processed items that are fattening.
According to Dr Axe, the best bet is to make your own treats, so you know exactly what is in the recipe.
Help Children Lose Weight Tip #4: Use Positive Approaches
How you say it makes a world of difference on whether you will get you child on board.
Instead of, “You need to lose weight,” try “I want to get healthy and take care of my body. I would like it if you helped.”
Instead of, “We need to exercise,” how about, “Let’s go to the park.”?
Help Children Lose Weight Tip #5: Make Sure The Child Is Getting Proper Sleep
There is a direct link between improper sleep and overeating.
This goes for adults and children.
When we don’t sleep properly, we have a tendency to feel hungry, and we will eat whatever is available. But when we get proper sleep…
- Consistent hours
- Comfortable mattress
- Good pillow
- Low light and noise
We will tend to maintain a healthy weight.
Help Children Lose Weight Tip #6: Eat Family Meals
I believe this may be one of the most important tips. There has been a huge decline in families eating together. And work and school schedules can be a big reason for this. But try to schedule some family meals together because one study showed that children who shared three or more family meals a week were 20% less likely to eat unhealthy foods and 12% less likely to be overweight.
Help Children Lose Weight Tip #7: Encourage Movement
No matter the activity, unless it is extremely dangerous, I suggest encouraging the child to “go for it.” Anything where they are moving their bodies. While I have nothing against iPads, X Boxes and video games, they have slowed down the movement of children.
Encourage extracurricular activities or even odd jobs that require more movement and the weight will come off.
Let’s all get on board bringing the pounds off children. And it starts with the person in the mirror. If we are not doing the proper things…
- eating right
- proper sleep
how can we expect children to do so.
That is what my book 50 Million Pounds In America is about. If you have not got a copy yet, order it here.
I hope this post helps you and the children you love… Please share it with others.