Myths about Weight Problems and Obesity in Children and Getting Parents Behind Their Kids on Weight Loss

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Myth: Childhood obesity is genetic and passed on through generations so nothing can be done about it.

Truth: While a person’s genes can influence weight, they are only a small part of the totality of weight. Some children are more prone to gaining weight than others, so parents need to monitor carefully if the pounds gained are just due to growth or if weight loss is needed. Most kids can maintain a healthy weight if they eat right and exercise.

Myth: Children who are obese or overweight should have a strict diet.

Truth: Unless directed by your child’s doctor the treatment for childhood obesity is not extreme weight loss. The objective is to stop or slow weight gain, allowing the child to grow into their ideal weight.

Myth: Children will outgrow the baby fat weight.

Truth: Childhood obesity will not always lead to obesity in adulthood, but it will raise the risks dramatically. If not controlled properly, children who are overweight at any time during the preschool or elementary levels will still be overweight as they enter their teens. Most kids will then find it hard to outgrow the problem.

The family needs to get involved

Healthy habits or weight loss start at home. The best way to prevent or bring down childhood weight problems is to get the whole family on the true healthy path. Choosing better and healthier foods and becoming more physically active will benefit not only the children with weight problems but the whole family as well. With the whole family involved, it will be easier for the overweight child to make permanent changes.

The most effective way to influence the child is through the parent’s healthy examples. Naturally, when children see the parents or older siblings eating vegetables, being physically active, and limiting TV viewing time, there’s a good chance that they will do the same. Parents can get their kids actively involved by telling them what they are eating, explaining what healthy foods they are cooking, showing some exercise moves with their kids, and simply avoiding too much television.

 

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