Helping the Overweight Child - Weight management goals for the overweight child
Your job is to offer nutritious food
choices at meals and snack times. You decide what,
where, and when your family eats. Your child's job is
to choose how much he or she will eat of the foods you serve. Your
child even gets to decide whether to eat.
restrict food. Food restriction causes children to ignore their internal hunger
gauges. Children who have their food restricted often end up heavier, because
they become anxious about food and eating. Anxiety about not getting enough to
eat will often lead a child to overeat whenever he or she gets a chance. This
causes the child to become less in touch with how hungry or full he or she is,
and the child becomes more likely to eat more than his or her body needs. This
can also happen when children or teens follow weight-loss diets. It doesn't
work to put a child on a diet-you get the opposite effect.
attention to behaviors that may be adding to weight gain, and then work to
correct them. Then trust that your child will end up at the weight that is right
for him or her.
If you are concerned about your child's weight,
talk to your child's doctor. He or she can tell you if your child is gaining
weight too quickly and can give you steps to take to help your child have a
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