Food Is Not Your Enemy

How Overweight Children Affect Their Families
February 12, 2010, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Chronic Disease, weight loss | Tags: ,

Interesting article in The New York Times today about childhood obesity. Successfully changing kids’ habits boils down to this:

“It is nearly impossible for your child to change habits if the rest of the family does not. You cannot reasonably tell a child he is allowed only one soda a week if you keep two-liter bottles of Coke and Sprite in the refrigerator.

Most children react well to change … as long as they do not see it as a punishment. If you explain to your children that by eating better and exercising more, they will have more stamina to play sports and will take fewer trips to the doctor, your children may actually embrace your healthy lifestyle plan.”

This makes good sense. You can’t expect your child to change without you changing. And, of course, it’s in a parent’s interest to drop excess weight as well. When I work with children, I expect that they aren’t the only ones in their home who will benefit from making dietary changes.


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