Treating Childhood Obesity

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated August 23, 2013)

Everyone has experiences and memories of just how difficult childhood can be. When those memories are coupled with the news of rising childhood obesity levels, it only makes sense that any parent would want to do what they can to prevent this from happening to their child. Treating childhood obesity is possible, though it can often require an almost iron will on the part of a parent and the careful guidance of a doctor. Here are a few guidelines that you can use to get started.

  • http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/zucchini-bread-recipe/index.html Typically speaking, weight loss programs aren't recommended for anyone under the age of seven years old. Furthermore, any specific treatment plans (and possible medication) will largely depend on the age of the child and the advise of a physician.
  • Promote activity. One of the easiest ways to help treat childhood obesity is to promote a more active lifestyle for your child. This means that you have the child do some type of physically strenuous activity for a little while each day. While it doesn't necessarily need to be exercise, it does need to be some kind of activity that will make the child build at least a light sweat.
  • Limit sweets. Sweets of all sorts, particularly sweetened drinks (including some juices) can have a potentially detrimental effect on a child's weight. Drinks and other items that have high sweet contents (such as candy) typically have little to no nutritional value, and as such are not beneficial to a child. This doesn't mean that you have to prohibit them, simply make them a reward or something that is special or rare. If you do prohibit them totally, you run the risk of making your child desire the forbidden, after all many children have a tendency to want what they can't have.
  • More produce. Promote the idea of having more fruit and vegetables as part of your family's regular diet. Furthermore, try to encourage the use of produce as a snack instead of going with a prepackaged snack food or similar item. If you can go natural in your food and snack choices, you will also be promoting a healthier lifestyle all around.

One thing that you need to keep in mind before you begin treating a possible case of childhood obesity. While it is important to always have a doctors' supervision when starting a weight loss program, when dealing with children it is vitally important. If you don't have the supervision of a doctor, you can easily end up causing more damage to your child.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

How to Choose Patio Furniture

Patio furniture can have just as big of an impact on the exterior of your home, as the furniture inside you house has on the ...

Discover More

Removing Magic Markers from Plaster

Whether you have children who really like to draw, or you got a little carried away with the magic marker, everyone can ...

Discover More

Maintaining Leather Furniture

Leather furniture can add a wonderful hint of masculine elegance to most decorating choices. However, maintaining leather ...

Discover More
More Health Tips

Recognizing and Treating Chickenpox

Once a childhood killer, contracting chickenpox is now rare because of vaccinations. If a family member does develop the ...

Discover More

Recognizing Childhood Obesity

It seems like you can't turn on the news, television, or even the radio anymore without hearing something about childhood ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 7 - 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)