5 Ways To Tackle Your Child’s Weight Issues

April 7th, 2017

Childhood obesity is a complex medical condition that has become a health challenge for children and adolescents around the world. In Singapore, our childhood obesity figures do not make for pleasant viewing, with a 0.9% increase in the percentage of obese school children between 1994 and 2007. With obesity rates showing no signs of stopping, the onus is on us as parents to do what’s best for our children’s health. Here are some ways you can help them conquer the weighing scale and fight obesity. 1. Be the change you (and your child) want to see When it comes to educating your children, it is true that “more is caught than taught”. Children learn best by modelling, and parents are the biggest examples they follow. If your child is struggling with his or her weight, you can inspire them to adopt a healthier lifestyle by encouraging them (and yourself) to be less sedentary and watching their diet. Set aside designated family days for exercise and heading out into the great outdoors. If you are a couch potato, chances are your little one will be less averse to being one. 2. Start a dining table revolution Besides an inactive lifestyle, your child’s meal intake is the next frontier against obesity. While we are all aware of the importance of eating right, the key is to introduce dietary changes gradually and steadily. It is hard to attempt to overhaul that fish and chips lunch, so take it step by step. Replace the soda with lemon water, or add a side of greens with the meal. Always look for ways to make meals healthier, but listen to your child and work out a compromise, rather than being a food dictator. 3. Cut the calories Calories are the biggest culprit to gaining weight, especially […]

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