As a parent you want to make sure that your child is enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle. With childhood obesity on the rise, it has become more important than ever for children to understand the principles of healthy eating and regular exercise. Teaching children about the importance of these principles will help ensure good habits are carried into adulthood. If your child is overweight, then by following a sensible weight loss program you can start to see results in a week.
Exercise every day for 30 minutes. Make it enjoyable by varying the activities day-by-day. For instance, go swimming one day, play frisbee in the park the next, play soccer the next. If your child dislikes competitive sports then go cycling or walking instead. Encourage them to watch less TV by cutting out indiscriminate channel-surfing and allowing them an hour of quality television after their homework and physical activities.2
Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. This will ensure they are getting their recommended dose of essential vitamins and nutrients, as well as increasing their metabolism so they burn calories faster. If your child dislikes fruit and vegetables then reward them for eating their daily allowance. For example, allow them to choose the next day's activity.3
Replace sugary and fatty snacks with healthy alternatives. Give kids carrot and celery sticks with a low-fat dip instead of potato chips, raisins, grapes -- and slices of watermelon instead of candy bars. As an occasional treat allow kids their favorite candy, but in moderation. Do not keep tempting foods in the house.4
Be a role model. If your child sees you enjoying an active lifestyle and eating the right food then this will inspire them. Talk to other parents and organize group activities with your child's friends. Having the support of their friends and family will be a big encouragement to your child.