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  • Writer's pictureWilliam McKelvie

Parenting & Dealing With Childhood Obesity

One of the leading problems affecting today’s youth is that of childhood obesity. One of the most important parenting tips that could ultimately save a child’s life is to deal with the problem early and yet with great sensitivity. The truth is that dealing with this delicate parenting issue early may help save a child from dealing with obesity and other related illnesses later in life.

Over the years, obesity in children has dramatically increased. Many experts attribute the surge to over-exposure to video games, television, and computers, which has lowered levels of physical activity. Others suspect that the increasing problem stems from poor eating habits and still others believe it may be a little bit of both.

Among other problems, obese children are at higher risk for developing diabetes and heart-related illnesses. Health professionals are commonly worried that children who battle with weight early in life may face obesity later in adulthood, which could negatively impact their health.

A child who is overweight or has recently been diagnosed with obesity should not be singled out from the family as the only one needing to change their lifestyle. This is one of the most critical parenting techniques to use when dealing with childhood obesity and is also one that will significantly impact a child’s self-esteem. If parenting isn’t done correctly in this situation, the child may forever feel inferior or begin to identify themselves by their weight, which is an unhealthy possibility. The entire family must join together and participate in healthier meals, less television time, and increased activity levels, including walking.

Among the best parenting remedies used to combat obesity is preparing more fruits, vegetables, and fewer foods high in fat. Positive parenting techniques will involve having healthy snacks available for your family and encouraging them to reduce their consumption of junk food. Additionally, set a schedule for the family to take a brisk walk or spend some time doing some physical activity, including a game of basketball, softball, volleyball, etc. Anything that will get your child up and moving instead of spending all of his/her time in front of the television or video game will benefit them. And finally, be vocal during your child’s medical visits. This includes asking the doctor questions about any concerns that you may have and taking his/her advice when it comes to the health of your child.

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