Natural Solutions to Fight Child Obesity

 
Once your doctor has ruled out illness as the cause of obesity in your child, you can then take steps to get your child out of the epidemic that is childhood obesity.
 
Did you know that, to date, there are NO medicines that are approved and safe enough for children to tackle obesity? This means that the responsibility falls on the parent to change the family’s lifestyle and put into practice healthy nutrition and behavior. 
 
But before you, as a parent, can be effective in helping your child, you need to know the causes of childhood obesity in order to overcome them.
 
Needless to say, this is not just your child’s problem – it is an issue that the whole family will need to participate in, since your child lives within the family.
 
Obviously, your child didn’t develop into an overweight child overnight. It is therefore unrealistic to expect immediate results. But there are natural solutions you can implement immediately to jumpstart your child’s journey towards a long and healthy life:

 
1) First and foremost, support and love your overweight child.


 
This is critical as your feelings about your child will affect the way the child feels about himself or herself. Nagging is only going to make your child feel “less than,” and a failure. These feelings could make your child indulge in food all the more.
 
So make sure your overweight child feels loved, nurtured and cherished. Show that you care and will do everything you can to help him or her get healthy, happy and fit for life.
 
  
2) Research shows that if one parent is obese, a child’s risk of becoming an obese adult is 50%; if both parents are obese, the risk increases to 80%.
 
This may be due to genetics or the child mimicking the parents’ eating behavior and the non-existence of exercise/physical activities. So, if you as a parent, are overweight, you will need to get healthy in order to lead by example.

 
3) Why not eat out (at home)?
 
Avoid fast food, or at least limit it to once a week. Instead of “dieting” which brings thoughts of hunger and deprivation, have your child focus instead on new, exciting and tasty meals you will be feeding your family. Have everybody in the family eat slowly. Do you know that you actually eat more when you eat fast?
 
Clear all fatty foods from the fridge and the pantry. Don’t take away the snacks and sweets altogether, as long as they are consumed in moderation and in small servings. Otherwise, your child might decide to sneak them in or indulge in these prohibited foods outside the home.
 
4) Choose to eat “whole foods,” defined as foods that are unprocessed, or just slightly processed.


Make an effort to make high fiber fruits (raspberries, apples, papaya) and high fiber vegetables (celery, broccoli, avocado) your main source of carbs.
 
Eat whole grain bread, raw nuts and unprocessed meat – and don’t forget to remove the fat! Serve a lot of high quality protein like chicken and turkey as these foods give you the feeling of fullness sooner rather than later.
 
 
Here’s an excellent tip: Have your child go grocery shopping with you and plan family meals together so your child can learn how to make good food choices.

 
5) Don’t underestimate the power of drinking water.
 
Persuade your child to drink 6-8 glasses a day. Did you know that obese people have less water in their bodies than lean people? It’s true. And why is that, you might ask? Well, it’s because fat cells contain less water than muscle cells. As a result, overweight people have a slower metabolism.
 
Not only does the body need to be hydrated, but drinking water before a meal will diffuse some of the hunger and make your child eat less. Even better, mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a bit of honey in a glass of water and drink it before a meal to suppress the appetite.
 
To make drinking water more appealing to your child, why not add slices of lemon in the pitcher. Adding fresh mint leaves and a sliced orange are also nice touches you can put into the water jug.

 
6) Encourage your child to get off the couch and participate in a sport that he or she will enjoy.

 
 
Find physical activities that the whole family can participate in and have fun for at least 30 minutes, 3x/week. Biking, hiking, swimming, brisk walking, tennis, jumping rope – these are just a few of outside activities you and your family can indulge in.
 
Reduce TV and computer time and other sedentary activities like handheld video games and the endless texting that goes on among friends. Lack of physical activity and exercise is, without a doubt, one of the chief causes of childhood obesity.

 
 
 
7) Last (but in no way the least), help your child determine what feelings and situations set off overeating.
 
Ask questions and find out what triggers the overeating. Resolve these issues with your child with love and understanding. Make your child understands the importance of being healthy in order to avoid serious diseases like diabetes and heart disease, just to name a few.
 
How much longer are you going to wait before you help your child get healthy?
 
To make it easier on you, get access to a professionally prepared nutrition and exercise guide. Implement even more powerful steps to help your overweight child today before it’s too late.
 
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