Your Role in Your Child's Healthy Weight

Your Role in Your Child's Healthy Weight

The desire to be thin is reaching school-aged children, as girls as young as 6 express concerns about their body image and gaining weight.

In reality, no healthy child should be overly focused on her weight and neither should her parents. Weight loss can interfere with a child's growth and lead to other problems such eating disorders.

While media images influence children's behavior, kids' most significant role models are their parents. Be a positive influence on your child's mind and body alike.

  • Do not worry about your child's weight and do not encourage your child to worry, either. Strive for a positive eating relationship with your child that includes healthful habits.
  • Refrain from making negative comments about your own weight — or anyone else's.
  • Don't pressure your child to conform to another person's body size or shape.
  • Set a good example for children in the way you manage your own weight and how you feel about your own body. Skip the lure of fad dieting yourself.
  • Encourage your child to engage in daily physical activity to build muscles and coordination.
  • Help your child develop the social skills, self-confidence and self-esteem that can lead to a healthy relationship with food.
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  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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