As a parent, it is always hard to see your child being deprived of what they love. But sometimes, tough love is important when the child is suffering from obesity or is overweight. Being overweight as a child open ups the child to many life threatening diseases that become a part of their lives from a very early stage.
As a parent, you need to teach your child the importance of staying at the normal weight and describe how being overweight affects their life. But since children rarely listen to adults, sometimes you have to become creative and help them stay healthy. We have listed down some of the best tips to help overweight children stay healthy that have been used by millions of parents around the world.
The first and most important bit about helping overweight children stay healthy is to encourage healthy eating. To do this, follow the suggestions below.
Make sure you buy and prepare food that is healthy and is loved by your child. Give them a few healthy options to choose them and don’t force them to eat the same thing again and again because of the food just being healthy.
Keep bringing up healthy food in front of them even if they refuse over and over again. They are likely going to accept in the third or fourth attempt.
Make sure not to completely deprive them of the food they love. If they love eating junk, include it once in a while in the menu.
Become a role model and adapt healthy eating yourself. Children learn from adults and when they see you regularly eating healthy means, they will follow in your footsteps.
Get children to help you prepare healthy food. When children become part of making food, they find it fun and almost always tend to eat what they have helped prepare.
Don’t force your child to finish their entire plate. If he/she has had enough, let them be. This will help them understand how to control hunger and will prevent them from overeating in the future.