The first step in helping your child get to a healthy weight is to talk with his doctor. Your child’s doctor can set healthy goals for weight-loss and help with monitoring and support.
Getting support from friends and family will also help your child lose weight. Try to get the whole family to join a weight-loss plan, even if weight loss is not the goal for everyone. Weight-loss plans for children focus on healthy lifestyle habits. All family members can benefit from having healthier lifestyles.
Commend and reward your child when he makes good food choices and participates in healthy activities. This will encourage him to keep at it.
The best thing you can do to motivate your kids to lose weight is to lose weight yourself, if you need to. Lead the way and follow the advice you give them.
Try to eat as a family.
Cook meals at home and involve your children in the meal planning.
Help your children avoid tempting foods.
School children can put pressure on each other to make poor food choices. Also, many schools do not provide healthy food choices.
Teach your children to avoid the sugary drinks in vending machines at school. Have your children bring their own water bottle to school to encourage them to drink water.
Pack a lunch from home for your child to bring to school. Add an extra healthy snack your child can share with a friend.
Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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