With as many as 50% of all children being overweight in this country,
parents are beginning to realize that something must be done. There is
no shortage of information about nutrition and exercise, but the task of
helping an overweight child without setting them up for a lifetime of dieting
is a daunting challenge. Parents who understand the five truths of getting
a child’s weight on track can begin to address the issue in a healthy and
Truth #1: Parents are the problem AND the solution. Heavy kids eat too
much and they don’t get enough exercise. It’s that simple. Parents of overweight
children must own up to the fact that they are allowing and enabling their
children to eat too much and move too little. Once parents accept this,
they will begin to understand that they have tremendous power to solve
their child’s weight problem.
Truth #2: Kids need to be educated. You may know how much, and what
kinds of foods your child should eat. And you may expect that your children
have the common sense to know, too. But did it ever occur to you that your
children really don’t know? They understand that too much is bad and that
some foods are better than others. But without education, they have no
idea why, or what effects eating too much of the wrong things have on how
they look and feel in their daily lives. Once they are educated, children
take great pride in becoming good stewards of their own bodies through
activity and nutrition.
Truth #3: An overweight child is a family issue. Whether one, some or
all in a family are overweight, solving a child’s weight problem must become
a priority for the entire family. Otherwise, a child can feel singled out,
different and ashamed. Getting the whole family involved helps with the
child’s self-esteem by letting them know they are part of a powerful team
that will help ensure success.
Truth #4: Your child has an “ideal weight.” No two children are alike,
but your child does have a “normal” weight range based on their height,
gender and age. They also require a set number of calories each day. Knowing
a child’s normal weight range and knowing how many calories they require
is fundamental to getting their weight on track.
Truth #5: Parents need a plan. Losing weight is not rocket science.
But changing the habits and lifestyle of a family in today’s busy world
is difficult and multi-dimensional. Especially when the emotional well-being
of a fragile overweight child is at stake Parents need a plan and they
need perseverance. Many parents fail because don’t have a solid, long-term
plan for success.
About The Author
As a mother of an overweight child, Lisa Alexander experienced the
joy of helping her daughter shed her weight and grow her self-esteem. As
the creator of The PariPlan- Seven Steps To Get Your Child’s Weight On
Track, Lisa has helped families across the country help their children.
For more information, visit http://www.pariplan.com.