Has the weight dot on your child’s growth chart been trending up, outside the curve and out of proportion to the height dot? Your child isn’t the only one.
Childhood obesity affects one in five children in this country. As the problem grows, so does the demand for effective ways to help overweight children shed the extra pounds to avoid health issues now and late
But what is the right approach to the childhood obesity issue? How do you talk to a child who needs to lose weight?
Helping children reach and maintain a healthy weight takes a team effort and a combination of medically supervised methods. Parental supervision and involvement is a must. So is collaboration among the child’s healthcare providers, including nutritionists and even eating disorder specialists.
We also need to be aware when kids become overly concerned about their weight and appearance. The National Eating Disorders Association says by age 6, girls start to express concerns about their own weight or shape. By the time they hit college, nearly all will be dieting and more than 10 percent will have life-threatening eating disorders.
Helping your child combat obesity is a challenging task for any parent. But it’s one you need to address early, before habits set in. Start here with these 10 tips:
Childhood obesity is the most common chronic disease of childhood and can have consequences on a child’s health and well-being now and later in life. Talk to your child’s primary care doctor about how to help your child get to a healthy weight. Find a specialist for your child.
Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness offers a variety of fitness classes for kids and teens struggling with unhealthy weight. Kids can learn fun ways to stay active and build lifelong healthy lifestyle habits.
If you’re concerned that your child may have an eating disorder, don’t ignore it. The sooner an eating disorder is treated, the easier the recovery. Get support from Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.
Learn more from Healthy Driven Chicago:
Taking steps to address childhood obesity
Six tips to manage your child's screen time
Six ways exercise benefits your health
Help your child overcome childhood obesity
How to teach your child to love her body
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