Our present society promotes the idea that being thin is the in thing. Most every television or print ad you see would give support this idea. Yet are our kids receiving the right kind of input? When they see those ads, how is their way of thinking affected?
This is where the parent comes in. Guidance is the keyword. Too many times, we hear children saying they have to diet. As parents, it is up to you to help your kids realize that dieting isnít really the way to go. According to experts, dieting is normally NOT for kids.
You may say, but my kid is overweight! In this case, go to your doctor first and have him or her help you formulate a weight loss program for your child. More often than not, diets turn out to be lacking in nutrients and this will have more negative effects on your child. He may lose weight but you do not know what repercussions may result from lack of nutrients.
The key, as with adults, is a mixture of a balanced diet and adequate physical activity. With kids, physical activity is not such a problem normally. However, if your kid has the tendency to avoid strenuous activities, then you may have to play a more active role in motivating him or her.
Remember, dieting should not be the primary option for your kid. More so, explain to him or her the differences in the human body structure. Not all people can look like the models they see on TV. Focus on the inner aspect rather than the outer look.
Originally posted on January 14, 2007 @ 1:46 pm