12 Tough Love Approach For Kids Health and Fitness 2017
Health and Fitness Tips for Kids 2017 – Yesterday at the grocery store, I came across a child, who was about 8-years-old. she changed into lying on the floor flailing her legs and arms yelling “I want a chocolate bar.” I may want to have anticipated the outcome. the child persisted to scream until mom placed a chocolate bar within the cart. the crying ceased right away.
As they passed, I took note of the contents of the grocery cart – Coco Puffs cereal, soda, 3 bulk bags of potato chips, chocolate covered granola bars, macaroni & cheese, hot dogs…you get the drift. Try as I might I couldn’t help but feel scared for that child’s future.
You see, a long time ago I was that obese little girl. I was sad with my body, however, I dulled the ache by way of eating – chips, chocolate bars, hotdogs. I threw tantrums due to the fact I knew my mom didn’t have the persistence and might simply provide me what I desired.
By the age of 12, I was 4-foot, 11-inches and 135-pounds. My doctor put me on a restrictive diet. However, I would steal money from my parents to buy candy. It didn’t make sense to me. I was allowed to eat those foods before. Why were punishing me? I hated myself more.
In the early 80’s, being a fat child was rare. However, in 2006 one in three North American kids are overweight. Both parents likely have full-time jobs, which means less time for healthy meals and exercise. Fast food and activities have taken over the family roost.
I’m sorry I must lay this duty at the dad and mom, but youngsters most effective exercise what you pontificate. in the event that they see you eating poorly; they’ll observe healthily.
Practice what you preach by adopting and enforcing these FitnessGear family lifestyle changes:
- Explain the difference between healthy food choices and non-healthy food choices.
- Sit down and compile a weekly grocery list with your child.
- Let them go with you to the grocery store and shop only for the foods on the list.
- Get kids involved in preparing healthy meals, so they adopt healthy habits for life.
- It’s normal to shelter our kids from ridicule. However, if your child is obese their health is at risk and tough love encouragement is needed, for example: “honey, you are overweight, but I believe in you and I’ll support you because I love you.”
- Never use food as a reward. Instead, reward them with mini-golfing or baseball.
- Ditch the clean-plate policy. If your child is full, don’t force them to finish.
- Institute an open policy about food. Kids should be comfortable telling you when they’re hungry and not hungry without fear you’ll get mad.
- Don’t eliminate snacks. It will lead to lying and binge eating outside the home. Instead plan a cheat meal once a week when they’re allowed any foods they want.
- Encourage physical activity. It will get them up and out and encourage them to socialize with other active kids.
- Never allow eating in front of the TV. This encourages passive eating, and the kid won’t focus on how plenty they’re eating or once they’re full.
- Limit TV or video games to 1 hour per day. The rest of the time, keep them busy with outdoor activities.