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7 tips to help your child slim down & avoid devastating health problems
Jun 03 \'04
Nine million American kids are now dangerously overweight, with the numbers increasing every day, warns an expert.
\"It\'s estimated that as many as one in four children in the U.S. are overweight,\" Amy Lanou, Ph.D., nutrition director of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C., told The ENQUIRER. \"It\'s shocking.\"
Worried parents are frantic because they don\'t know how to help their children escape devastating health problems like diabetes and heart disease, as well as cruel social embarrassment, caused by weight gain.
But an ENQUIRER investigation has found that there are simple, effective steps parents can take to ensure that their children slim down and stay healthy.
Here, from Dr. Lanou, coauthor of \"Healthy Eating for Life for Children,\" are tips that could save your child\'s life:
Start your babies off right with fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes as they are being weaned so that they become accustomed to those foods.
If you are starting with a 13-year-old who is already overweight, you have to go at it more slowly. Sit down with your child and say: \"It\'s time for our family to start eating more healthy foods.\" You need to involve the whole family so your child doesn\'t feel singled out.
Your kid will worry that he or she won\'t fit in because all their friends will be eating the school lunch. But kids don\'t like to be overweight, and if you\'ve gotten them to see why they are overweight, and how they can lose weight, it shouldn\'t be a problem.
Plus, they\'ll be seeing all sorts of tempting food commercials, and that\'s just going to cause them to want more food.
WHAT TO AVOID
Avoid this by letting your child have a say in what foods are being served. If it\'s something you all eat, your child won\'t feel singled out.
Find other ways of rewarding your child. Sometimes it can be as simple as praising your child. All of us love praise. Children are no exception. --