How To Help Your Child Lose Weight

Most parents with children who have weight issues know that there is no easy method regarding how to help your child lose weight. However, if your child is obese, than you have to take responsibility for helping them lose the extra weight and improve their health. This is a daunting task for many parents, but following these steps will make it that much more manageable.

Making it Simple

Weight loss for kids isn’t really that different than weight loss for adults. Kids tends to accumulate extra body fat for the same reason that adults do- they eat too much of the wrong types of foods, and they don’t get enough physical activity. Instead of making the problem to be more than it actually is, you’ll find a lot more success helping your kid lose weight if you keep the process as simple as possible.

There’s no need for all sorts of potentially dangerous drugs and supplements. There’s no need to create complicated meal plans, or to follow long and intense exercise regimens. Anything that complicated and inconvenient to incorporate into your present schedule is doomed to failure. To start with just cut out the junk food and decrease the amount of time your child is sedentary.

While you’ll need to make further changes later on, those two actions will be enough to help most kids begin to lose weight.

Change Your Child’s Environment

If there is one determining factor for whether your child will be obese or not, it’s the environment that you create for them. If your child is obese than there’s a good chance that other members of your immediate family are also obese, and there’s a very good chance that you are obese or have struggled with obesity as well in your life.

While a genetic certainly plays a role in the problem, all genetics do is create a predisposition towards the disease. Someone who is genetically predisposed towards obesity is unlikely to be overweight if they live in an environment that fosters good eating and exercise habits. Similarly, someone who is genetically predisposed towards being skinnier is likely to become obese when placed in an unhealthy environment.

Changing your child’s environment is the most important thing you can do to help them lose weight. If there is junk food in the house, toss it, even if it’s eaten by other members of your family. If your family primarily watches TV or plays video games, get rid of them. When you remove the junk from your house your child will stop eating it. When you remove the incentives to live a sedentary life your child will find more physically active ways to spend their time.

It will take a lot of strength and willpower to make permanent healthier changes in your child’s environment, especially since you’ll likely get flack from everyone else who lives with you. Remind them it’s for the health of the family, and stay strong.

Educate Your Child

Every time you make a change in your environment and enforce a healthy change in your child’s behavior, you have to educate them on why you’ve made the decision. As your child grows older you’ll have less and less of a say into how they live their life. If you want to make sure your child continues to make the right choices for themselves when you’re not around to hold their hand, than you need to teach them about the tenets of good health.

Don’t just toss the Oreos under the banner of “because I said so.” Explain to your child why they aren’t healthy. Don’t just go for a run and drag them along and tell them “because it’s good for you.” Explain in as much detail as your child will understand how exercise improves their life. Every step of the way you need to talk with your child about how much better they are looking and feeling. The only way to ensure the lifelong health of your child is to help them build positive habits that they understand, that produce results your child desires, and that your child can replicate on their own.

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