Safely Navigating the Waters of Health and Well-Being with Your Child

If you have been following the news, even just somewhat regularly, over the past decade or so you have more than likely heard the disheartening statistics and evidence-based claims that reveal a rapid rise in obesity rates in this country.

What I personally find very upsetting about the nature of weight gain, is the fact that so many children are learning unhealthy eating habits and patterns that are leading them to pack on the pounds and develop potentially dangerous health conditions at surprisingly young ages. If you are a parent of one or more young children, you probably realize the importance of talking with your children about the importance of eating healthy and staying fit.

However, many nutritionists and doctors caution that there are certain approaches to take so as not to scare or shame your child in any way. Here are some of the best tips I learned from an article that was posted by Everyday Health.

One of the most important points that I took away from the article is that there is a significant difference between talking about this topic in terms of weight and size, versus overall health. When a parent hones in on their child’s weight, or how to get them to reach a specific “target weight”, that child often ends up becoming unhealthily obsessed with numbers that may not really be right for them. For example, the weight of one hundred pounds is very different health-wise between a child who is 5’3″ and one who is only 4’7″. Instead of focusing on specific numbers or sizes, it is recommended that parents instead focus on creating a safe dialgoue about complete health and wellness through a balanced diet and plenty of exercise. The article suggests that some parents may find it beneficial to discuss their own weight struggles, and what healthy steps they took to deal with them. This will allow a healthy and personal connection between the parent and child.

Be sure to serve well balanced and highly nutritious meals to your children as often as you can, while also encouraging plenty of outdoor play with friends. Another important tactic to remember is that praising a child for their positive health choices is almost always more effective than punishing a child for negative choices, so be sure to make them want to receive praise by teaching them how to make smart decisions about their health on their own.

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