Childhood obesity: Make weight loss a family affair
Childhood obesity treatment - and prevention - begins at home. Here's how to change unhealthy behaviors and create a healthy-weight environment for the entire family.
Childhood obesity is usually caused by eating too much and exercising too little. The solution is eating healthier foods and increasing physical activity, but it'll be tough for your child to do it alone. The most effective way to treat - and prevent - childhood obesity is to adopt healthier habits for the entire family.
Change family behaviors
Rather than singling out your child, encourage the whole family to make healthy lifestyle changes. Consider these helpful hints:
Create a healthy-weight environment
As you work toward healthy habits and behaviors, create an environment that supports these efforts. For example:
Be a positive role model
Remember, the best way to get your child onboard with the new, active lifestyle is to commit to the changes yourself. Your actions teach your child what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat. You also encourage your child to be physically active every day if you make it a priority yourself.
Here's how you can be a positive role model:
Making lifestyle changes can be challenging, especially when you're busy juggling the demands of daily life. But if your family works together and supports each others' efforts, you're more likely to succeed. Eventually healthy habits will become routine - and you'll be well on your way to treating childhood obesity and improving your family's health.