Today, more and more children and teens need your help in ways you might not have thought about. They are overweight, and facing a long road to good health. Today’s children may be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents.
Why? Because carrying extra weight can put your child at a greater risk now and in the future, for: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, cancer, breathing trouble, bone problems, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
As your child’s role model, and often the one most in control about what they eat, we’re going to help you teach your child to be patient with his or her weight loss.
It’s not about crash diets and diet pills. There aren’t any magic quick-fix secrets to weight loss. Help your child to understand that losing weight is about making small changes toward a lifestyle of healthier eating, and increasing their level of physical activity.
These lifestyle changes will help your child, and your entire family, take in fewer calories from food and burn off more calories with exercise.
“The children cannot make changes on their own. The mother of or the provider of the family cannot make changes alone. It’s got to be a family endeavor.”
You are the most important role model in your child’s life. Habits they learn in the family home now set the pattern for choices they make in the future.
“They follow what you do, not what you say. And you can sit there and say all day long, you know pick the fruit over the chips but if you’re grabbing the chips, you know that’s what they’re gonna want to do also.”
Healthy lifestyle changes will benefit you, your child and your entire family. If you aren’t ready to make these changes yourself, talk to your health care provider, a nutritionist, or a counselor in order to help you get ready to take action.