PARENT SUPPORT FOR OBESITY CHILDREN
16 Jan 2019
Obesity can have a big impact on the child's perception of him and how they interact with others. Obese adults may have low self-esteem, which can affect other aspects such as building friendships and competencies in school.
Children have fewer health problems related to body weight than adults. But overweight children at high risk will become adults who are obese and at risk of suffering from chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. They are also more susceptible to stress, sadness and low self-confidence.
If your child is overweight, support becomes very important for him. The child's feelings about him are often based on the parents' assumptions about them, and if you accept children with any conditions, the child may feel better about accepting themselves. Talk to children to share the anxiety they feel.
Parents must focus on changes in physical activity and eating habits in the family. By involving the whole family, each person is taught healthy habits and overweight children do not feel alone. There are many ways to involve all family members in healthy living habits. Some ways to make this happen, are:
• Provide examples. When children see you physically active and enjoy them, they are more motivated to participate actively.
• Plan family activities that make everyone exercise such as walking, cycling or swimming.
• Reduce the amount of time you and your family have in activities such as watching TV or playing video games.
• Sensitive to children's needs. Overweight children will feel uncomfortable participating in certain activities. Help children find physical activity they like and not too difficult.
What needs to be considered so that children of all ages are in a healthy weight is an approach to the whole family. Involve children in planning and preparing healthy food, invite them when shopping for groceries so they can learn to make healthy food choices. Avoid the following:
• Don't give gifts for good behavior or stop behaving badly with sweets or sweet foods. Choose other solutions to direct their behavior.
• Do not completely eliminate favorite sweets and snacks from the child's diet. Children will rebel and overeat this prohibited food outside the home or secretly eat it.
• Do not force children to eat food. Recognize instructions for hunger in children. Even babies who turn away from milk bottles or breasts show that they are full. When children are full, don't force them to continue eating. Emphasize that they eat when they are hungry.
If you eat well, exercise regularly, and carry out healthy habits in your daily family, you have given an example of a healthy lifestyle for children that will continue. Talk to them about the importance of eating well and staying active. Most importantly children need to know that you love them, regardless of their weight and you want to help them be happy and healthy.