You’ve heard a lot about childhood obesity, but what do you do if one of your kids is overweight? The actions you take can have a lifelong impact—for better or worse.
Research shows the way we communicate to our kids makes all the difference. Talking to children about dieting, telling them they’re too fat, or nagging them to lose weight actually increases the risk of eating disorders, unhealthy dieting, or binge eating. Plus it devastates their emotional health.
So what should you do? Talk to your kids often about the importance of healthy nutrition, exercise and sleep. Help them make good choices—without adding weight or size to the conversation.
But, more than your words, your kids need you to take the lead. Your actions always speak louder than your words, and will feed them a good example.
And, consider finding a copy of my best-selling book on the topic, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat or visiting the book’s web site here.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Encourage your kids to choose healthy snacks
- Parents are beginning to clean up their kids’ nutrition acts
- Kids’ snacks CAN be healthy and inexpensive
- How to help kids follow a healthy diet even over holidays
- Food prepared away from home harmful to children
- Kids’ cereals loaded with sugar
- High sodium consumption increases hypertension in kids
- Study: US kids should cut 64 calories a day from diet to reverse obesity trend
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