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Preventing Obesity in Children

Posted by: Dr. Rosales

Obesity

April 4, 2014
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Obesity can be a serious problem that can cause potentially deadly complications later in life.  

While there arec ertain lifestyle changes that can lessen or reduce the effects of obesity, it is always best to deal with preventing this problem during childhood.  Here are some tips on how to prevent the onset of child obesity.

 

 

Set A Good Example

Children learn first and foremost by example, and this is how you can make the biggest difference in a child’s life.  As far as obesity is concerned, make sure you show your children an example of good eating habits by eating healthily.

 

Be Positive

Many people tend to only focus on the negative aspects of healthy eating.  Trying to improve your diet can seem much harder when all you can think about is the food you can’t have.  Help your child see healthy eating in a positive light by emphasizing the benefits of being fit, looking better, and feeling more energized.

 

Be Patient

Be aware of the fact that a child’s weight will fluctuate as he or she grows.  Don’t be too controlling of what your child may look like, as this can lead to a higher risk of them developing an eating disorder.  Simply know your child’s eating habits and patiently follow up on their transition to healthier eating.

Everyone’s body is different and the fact is that some people will have a higher risk of obesity than others.  That being said, with a focused, dedicated effort to ensuring your child develops healthy eating habits, he or she will learn to enjoy the benefits of staying in shape.