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IDEAL BODY WEIGHT CALCULATOR
childhood obesity from BUPA
Ask the Dr [ from the BBC site ]- helping
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HELP FOR CHILDRENS WEIGHT PROBLEMS
Family Doctor page - Helping your child lose weight
the Cleveland Clinic [Web MD's page] - Weight loss for children
7 WAYS of helping your child
lose weight, by Jennifer Trachtenberg, M.D
Rates of obesity in children are on the rise. A new study by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that more
than 15 percent of six- to-nine-year-olds were overweight in 1999
to 2000, compared with about 11 percent in 1998 to 1994. The study
also found that increased rates of overweight and obesity have
led to more and more children being diagnosed with previously
grown-up, obesity-related conditions such as high cholesterol
and Type II diabetes. There is no quick and easy way to help your
child lose weight. It requires long-term modifications in lifestyle
and eating habits that need to be incorporated into the family
structure. But it can be done.
Here's how: 1. Set realistic goals for your child. Because children
are still growing, it may be a better to help them maintain rather
than lose weight. As your child grows taller without gaining weight,
she will naturally become thinner. For more overweight or obese
children, a one pound a week weight loss is a good goal. The more
attainable the goal, the more likely it is you child can live
with these lifetime modifications.
2. Encourage exercise. Any type of aerobic activity will help
your child expend calories. Walking, jogging, bike riding and
Rollerblading are all great ways to burn calories. You should
also encourage your child to stay active in other ways, like using
the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking instead of driving
to a friend's house or the local store.
3. Choose healthy and nutritious foods. Encourage your child to
eat three small meals and two small snacks each day so she doesn't
go for long periods feeling hungry, which can ultimately lead
to bingeing. Provide her with lots of fruits and vegetables and
encourage her to drink water. An orange not only has fewer calories
than a glass of orange juice, but it is has fiber that can help
your child feel more full and satisfied. Offer low fat foods like
skim milk and low-fat yogurts or cheeses. Low-fat snacks like
popcorn or pretzels are better choices than potato chips, cakes
4. Change your family's eating habits. Encourage your child to
eat only when she is hungry and not as an activity. Serve family
meals only in the kitchen or dining room without any other distractions
like the television. If your child eats while watching TV, she
may not be aware of how much food she is consuming and end up
5. Try behavior modification techniques. A reward system may help
motivate your child to stay on her diet. For example, if your
child drinks water instead of soda for a week, reward her with
a favorite activity or small toy. Do not reward your child with
6. Follow-up with your pediatrician. Take your child to the doctor
every two weeks for a weight check and blood tests too, if necessary.
Avoid daily weigh-ins at home since small fluctuations in weight
can cause a child added stress.
7. Be supportive. It is important for your whole family to change
its way of eating to help your child. Make sure that you don't
keep a lot of junk foods in the house. Keep cut up carrot sticks
and celery as well as fruit on hand. Make healthy low-fat meals
for everyone in your home. And most of all, be supportive of your
child and provide a lot of encouragement
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