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Novo poročilo ugotavlja, da velikani hitre prehrane uporabljajo Facebook za promocijo svojih nezdravih izdelkov pri nezavednih otrocih

Še en razlog, zakaj bi starši želeli, da bi njihovi otroci ostali na Facebooku.

Podjetja za hitro prehrano so vse pogosteje uporablja Facebook akcije doseči mlajše potrošnike, je pokazala raziskava, ki jo je objavila Irska fundacija za srce. Poročilo z naslovom "Kdo hrani otroke na spletu?”Opisuje, kako je industrija hitre prehrane svoj marketinški fokus preusmerila s spletnih mest in na ciljno usmerjene Facebook oglase.

Facebook je idealen forum za nezdrave blagovne znamke, namenjene mlajšim potrošnikom. Blagovne znamke lahko s pomočjo "subtilnih, prefinjenih in prikritih metod"-zlasti z visokotehnološko analitiko-prepoznajo tiste otroke, ki so najbolj odzivni na trženje hrane in pijače, ter jih ciljajo posebej s svojimi oglasi na Facebooku. Poleg tega starši še vedno "ne vedo, kaj se dogaja" na Facebooku, zaradi česar je še bolj idealna lokacija za oglaševanje.

Zaradi velikosti in dosega Facebooka je ta trend še bolj zaskrbljujoč. Velikani hrane in pijače spoznavajo moč oglaševanja na Facebooku; Raziskovalci poudarjajo francosko kampanjo Coca-Cola, kjer so oglasi na Facebooku predstavljali 2 odstotka stroškov trženja, vendar 27 odstotkov povečanja prodaje.

Facebook ima svoje prednosti v živilski industriji - samo poglejte, kako je pomagal ujeti ti jedilniki - z veliko močjo pa prihaja velika odgovornost. Vse, kar lahko upamo, je, da Facebook najde način, kako uporabiti svoje moči za dobro in ne za zlo.


Poročilo ugotavlja, da je debelost pri otrocih v porastu: Ali ima vaš otrok zdravo težo?

Ali imajo vaši otroci prekomerno telesno težo ali skoraj v redu? Če mislite, da imajo prav, ste po raziskavah podobni večini staršev v Združenih državah.

Toda veliko staršev se moti in morda ste tudi vi. Približno 17 odstotkov otrok in mladostnikov, starih od 2 do 19 let, je debelih, v primerjavi s 5 odstotki leta 1974, po podatkih centrov za nadzor in preprečevanje bolezni (CDC).

To povečanje je velik problem, saj je debelost pri otrocih zanesljiv napovedovalec debelosti odraslih. Debelost v odrasli dobi je dejavnik tveganja za bolezni srca, sladkorno bolezen tipa 2 in druge kronične bolezni, zaradi česar je vodilni vzrok smrti, ki jo je mogoče preprečiti v ZDA. Noben od staršev tega ne želi za svoje otroke, vendar ne morete odpraviti težave, ki je ne ne vem, kar obstaja, kar je pogosta težava staršev debelih otrok.

Najprej morate pri pediatru ugotoviti, ali ima vaš otrok težave s težo. Nato lahko po potrebi pripravite načrt za zdrav, aktiven življenjski slog za svojo družino, ki vključuje pozitivno in spodbudno okolje. Tu lahko začnete - tudi če niste prepričani, da je težava.

Odkriti - in priznati - težavo

Po veliki nacionalni raziskavi, objavljeni v reviji Childhood Obesity, 78 odstotkov staršev z debelim otrokom - skoraj 4 od 5 - ga dojema kot "približno pravo težo". Glede na študijo je to v primerjavi s 71 odstotki leta 1994.

Dojemanje staršev glede teže svojih otrok je pomembno, saj vpliva na to, ali spodbujajo zdravo vedenje doma, pravi eden od avtorjev študije, dr. Jian Zhang s šole za javno zdravje Georgia Southern University.

"Naši družbeno sprejeti standardi za" normalno težo "se lahko premikajo navzgor in predstavljajo velik izziv pri preprečevanju debelosti pri otrocih," pravi.

Tudi če mislite, da so vaši otroci videti prav, je najbolje, da o tem veste tako, da jih odpeljete k pediatru. Pediater lahko ugotovi začasne spremembe ali osnovno motnjo, ki vpliva na rast ali težo otrok.

Če je vaš otrok debel, ostanite mirni, pravi dr. Christina Economos, soustanoviteljica ChildhoodObesity180 na Univerzi Tufts, skupine raziskovalcev in strokovnjakov, ki sodelujejo pri boju proti debelosti pri otrocih.

"To je problem, vendar brez panike. Kot starš lahko veliko narediš, "pravi.

Ko govorite o otrokovi teži, se osredotočite na zdravje. Če ga morate svojemu otroku dati na znanje, mu povejte, da zdravnik pravi, da prehitro pridobiva na teži, in da se bo celotna družina odločila bolj zdravo. Nato ga prosite, naj razmisli o novih dejavnostih, ki bi jih rad preizkusil. Izogibanje posmehu in kazni bo ustvarilo vzdušje podpore in povečalo možnosti, da bo vaš otrok sprejel bolj zdravo vedenje tako doma kot zunaj njega.

Tudi če niste mogli reči, da ima vaš otrok prekomerno telesno težo, so ga v šoli morda že dražili ali celo ustrahovali.

"Otroci so precej občutljivi in ​​to je resnično srhljivo, zato bi morali biti odrasli pozitivni in podporni," pravi Economos.

Prav tako boste želeli narediti načrt ukrepanja s pediatrom svojega otroka, vendar najprej oba potrebujete nekaj informacij, vključno s tem, kako prekomerna teža ima vaš otrok in koliko bi moral jesti.

Pripravite se zdravniku povedati o prehranjevalnih in telesnih navadah vašega otroka, vključno s hrano, ki je ne bo jedel. Če imate na primer izbirčnega otroka, ki ne bo jedel zelenjave, vas bo zdravnik morda povezal z dietetikom, ki vas bo naučil, kako v družinske večerje prikrasti več zelenjave.

Do konca obiska bi morali vedeti, katere korake je treba sprejeti, vključno s tem, kako narediti bolj zdrave obroke in najti zabavne dejavnosti, s katerimi se bo vaš otrok gibal.

Tudi če ste samohranilec, vam ni treba biti edina odrasla oseba, ki otroku pomaga pri izgubi teže, najbolje je, da v svoje novo zdravo vedenje vključite vse v svojem domu, vključno z otroki, ki imajo zdravo težo. Pri tem lahko sodelujejo tudi razširjeni družinski člani, učitelji, trenerji in verski voditelji v vaši skupnosti.

"S tovrstnim timskim pristopom lahko otrok krmili zdravo vedenje v veliko različnih okoljih" in ne samo doma, pravi Economos.

Poleg tega, da tesnim stikom pripovedujete o novi prehrani vašega otroka in spodbujate telesno aktivnost, se s temi ljudmi pogovorite, zakaj in kako bi vam lahko olajšali vaše pozitivno vzdušje. Povejte jim, da ne gre za odvzemanje nezdrave hrane ali čas za televizijo - gre za pravilno prehrano in oskrbo telesa z energijo ter iskanje zabavnih načinov za aktivnost.

"Na koncu lahko pomaga veliko otrokom," pravi Economos. Na primer, "če trener postavi pravilo, da je voda samo na igrišču [namesto sladkih športnih napitkov], to koristi celotni ekipi."

Pričakujte pričakovanja

Iskanje zdravih receptov na spletu je odlično, vendar ne uporabljajte nasvetov iz neprofesionalnih virov. Karkoli že delate, se izogibajte modnim dietam in spletnim dnevnikom, ki ponujajo prehranska pravila za otroke.

"Otroci, ki rastejo, potrebujejo ustrezno prehrano, zato morate resnično upoštevati pristop, ki temelji na dokazih, kot so ga opisali pravi zdravniki," pravi Economos.

In čeprav je to velika sprememba v življenju vaše družine, ni nujno, da je zajeto. Naj bodo spremembe majhne in obvladljive, tako da jih vključite v svoje vsakdanje življenje, zato boste uspešni.


Poročilo ugotavlja, da je debelost pri otrocih v porastu: Ali ima vaš otrok zdravo težo?

Ali imajo vaši otroci prekomerno telesno težo ali skoraj v redu? Če mislite, da imajo prav, ste po raziskavah podobni večini staršev v Združenih državah.

Toda veliko staršev se moti in morda ste tudi vi. Približno 17 odstotkov otrok in mladostnikov, starih od 2 do 19 let, je debelih, v primerjavi s 5 odstotki leta 1974, po podatkih centrov za nadzor in preprečevanje bolezni (CDC).

To povečanje je velik problem, saj je debelost pri otrocih zanesljiv napovedovalec debelosti odraslih. Debelost v odrasli dobi je dejavnik tveganja za bolezni srca, sladkorno bolezen tipa 2 in druge kronične bolezni, zaradi česar je vodilni vzrok smrti, ki jo je mogoče preprečiti v ZDA. Noben od staršev tega ne želi za svoje otroke, vendar ne morete odpraviti težave ne vem, kar obstaja, kar je pogosta težava staršev debelih otrok.

Najprej morate pri pediatru ugotoviti, ali ima vaš otrok težave s težo. Nato lahko po potrebi pripravite načrt za zdrav, aktiven življenjski slog za svojo družino, ki vključuje pozitivno in spodbudno okolje. Tu lahko začnete - tudi če niste prepričani, da je težava.

Odkriti - in priznati - težavo

Po veliki nacionalni raziskavi, objavljeni v reviji Childhood Obesity, 78 odstotkov staršev z debelim otrokom - skoraj 4 od 5 - ga dojema kot "približno pravo težo". Glede na študijo je to v primerjavi s 71 odstotki leta 1994.

Dojemanje staršev glede teže svojih otrok je pomembno, saj vpliva na to, ali spodbujajo zdravo vedenje doma, pravi eden od avtorjev študije, dr. Jian Zhang s šole za javno zdravje Georgia Southern University.

"Naši družbeno sprejeti standardi za" normalno težo "se lahko premikajo navzgor in predstavljajo velik izziv pri preprečevanju debelosti pri otrocih," pravi.

Tudi če mislite, da so vaši otroci videti prav, je najbolje, da o tem veste tako, da jih odpeljete k pediatru. Pediater lahko ugotovi začasne spremembe ali osnovno motnjo, ki vpliva na rast ali težo otrok.

Če je vaš otrok debel, ostanite mirni, pravi dr. Christina Economos, soustanoviteljica ChildhoodObesity180 na Univerzi Tufts, skupine raziskovalcev in strokovnjakov, ki sodelujejo pri boju proti debelosti pri otrocih.

"To je problem, vendar brez panike. Kot starš lahko veliko narediš, "pravi.

Ko govorite o otrokovi teži, se osredotočite na zdravje. Če ga morate svojemu otroku dati na znanje, mu povejte, da zdravnik pravi, da prehitro pridobiva na teži, in da se bo celotna družina odločila bolj zdravo. Nato ga prosite, naj razmisli o novih dejavnostih, ki bi jih rad preizkusil. Izogibanje posmehu in kazni bo ustvarilo vzdušje podpore in povečalo možnosti, da bo vaš otrok sprejel bolj zdravo vedenje tako doma kot zunaj njega.

Tudi če niste vedeli, da ima vaš otrok prekomerno telesno težo, so ga v šoli morda že dražili ali celo ustrahovali.

"Otroci so precej občutljivi in ​​to je resnično srhljivo, zato bi morali biti odrasli pozitivni in podporni," pravi Economos.

Prav tako boste želeli narediti načrt ukrepanja s pediatrom svojega otroka, vendar najprej oba potrebujete nekaj informacij, vključno s tem, kako prekomerna teža ima vaš otrok in koliko bi moral jesti.

Pripravite se zdravniku povedati o prehranjevalnih in telesnih navadah vašega otroka, vključno s hrano, ki je ne bo jedel. Če imate na primer izbirčnega otroka, ki ne bo jedel zelenjave, vas bo zdravnik morda povezal z dietetikom, ki vas bo naučil, kako v družinske večerje prikrasti več zelenjave.

Do konca obiska bi morali vedeti, katere korake je treba sprejeti, vključno s tem, kako narediti bolj zdrave obroke in najti zabavne dejavnosti, s katerimi se bo vaš otrok gibal.

Tudi če ste samohranilec, vam ni treba biti edina odrasla oseba, ki otroku pomaga pri izgubi teže, najbolje je, da v svoje novo zdravo vedenje vključite vse v svojem domu, vključno z otroki, ki imajo zdravo težo. Pri tem lahko sodelujejo tudi razširjeni družinski člani, učitelji, trenerji in verski voditelji v vaši skupnosti.

"S tovrstnim timskim pristopom lahko otrok krmili zdravo vedenje v veliko različnih okoljih" in ne samo doma, pravi Economos.

Poleg tega, da tesnim stikom pripovedujete o novi prehrani vašega otroka in spodbujate telesno aktivnost, se s temi ljudmi pogovorite, zakaj in kako bi vam lahko olajšali vaše pozitivno vzdušje. Povejte jim, da ne gre za odvzemanje nezdrave hrane ali čas za televizijo - gre za pravilno prehrano in oskrbo telesa z energijo ter iskanje zabavnih načinov za aktivnost.

"Na koncu lahko pomaga veliko otrokom," pravi Economos. Na primer, "če trener postavi pravilo, da je voda samo na igrišču [namesto sladkih športnih napitkov], to koristi celotni ekipi."

Pričakujte pričakovanja

Iskanje zdravih receptov na spletu je odlično, vendar ne uporabljajte nasvetov iz neprofesionalnih virov. Karkoli že delate, se izogibajte modnim dietam in blogom, ki ponujajo prehranska pravila za otroke.

"Otroci, ki odraščajo, potrebujejo ustrezno prehrano, zato morate resnično upoštevati pristop, ki temelji na dokazih, kot so ga opisali pravi zdravniki," pravi Economos.

In čeprav je to velika sprememba v življenju vaše družine, ni nujno, da je zajeto. Naj bodo spremembe majhne in obvladljive, tako da jih vključite v svoje vsakdanje življenje, zato boste uspešni.


Poročilo ugotavlja, da je debelost pri otrocih v porastu: Ali ima vaš otrok zdravo težo?

Ali imajo vaši otroci prekomerno telesno težo ali skoraj v redu? Če mislite, da imajo prav, ste po raziskavah podobni večini staršev v Združenih državah.

Toda veliko staršev se moti in morda ste tudi vi. Približno 17 odstotkov otrok in mladostnikov, starih od 2 do 19 let, je debelih, v primerjavi s 5 odstotki leta 1974, po podatkih Centrov za nadzor in preprečevanje bolezni (CDC).

To povečanje je velik problem, saj je debelost pri otrocih zanesljiv napovedovalec debelosti odraslih. Debelost v odrasli dobi je dejavnik tveganja za bolezni srca, sladkorno bolezen tipa 2 in druge kronične bolezni, zaradi česar je vodilni vzrok smrti, ki jo je mogoče preprečiti v ZDA. Noben od staršev tega ne želi za svoje otroke, vendar ne morete odpraviti težave ne vem, kar obstaja, kar je pogosta težava staršev debelih otrok.

Najprej morate pri pediatru ugotoviti, ali ima vaš otrok težave s težo. Nato lahko po potrebi pripravite načrt za zdrav, aktiven življenjski slog za svojo družino, ki vključuje pozitivno in spodbudno okolje. Tu lahko začnete - tudi če niste prepričani, da je težava.

Odkriti - in priznati - težavo

Po veliki nacionalni raziskavi, objavljeni v reviji Childhood Obesity, 78 odstotkov staršev z debelim otrokom - skoraj 4 od 5 - ga dojema kot "približno pravo težo". Glede na študijo je to v primerjavi s 71 odstotki leta 1994.

Dojemanje staršev glede teže njihovih otrok je pomembno, saj vpliva na to, ali spodbujajo zdravo vedenje doma, pravi eden od avtorjev študije, dr. Jian Zhang s šole za javno zdravje Georgia Southern University.

"Naši družbeno sprejeti standardi za" normalno težo "se lahko premikajo navzgor in predstavljajo velik izziv pri preprečevanju debelosti pri otrocih," pravi.

Tudi če mislite, da so vaši otroci videti prav, je najbolje, da o tem veste tako, da jih odpeljete k pediatru. Pediater lahko ugotovi začasne spremembe ali osnovno motnjo, ki vpliva na rast ali težo otrok.

Če je vaš otrok debel, ostanite mirni, pravi dr. Christina Economos, soustanoviteljica ChildhoodObesity180 na Univerzi Tufts, skupine raziskovalcev in strokovnjakov, ki sodelujejo pri boju proti debelosti pri otrocih.

"To je problem, vendar brez panike. Kot starš lahko veliko narediš, "pravi.

Ko govorite o otrokovi teži, se osredotočite na zdravje. Če ga morate svojemu otroku dati na znanje, mu povejte, da zdravnik pravi, da prehitro pridobiva na teži, in da se bo celotna družina odločila bolj zdravo. Nato ga prosite, naj razmisli o novih dejavnostih, ki bi jih rad preizkusil. Izogibanje posmehu in kazni bo ustvarilo vzdušje podpore in povečalo možnosti, da bo vaš otrok sprejel bolj zdravo vedenje tako doma kot zunaj njega.

Tudi če niste mogli reči, da ima vaš otrok prekomerno telesno težo, so ga v šoli morda že dražili ali celo ustrahovali.

"Otroci so precej občutljivi in ​​to je resnično srhljivo, zato bi morali biti odrasli pozitivni in podporni," pravi Economos.

Prav tako boste želeli narediti načrt ukrepanja s pediatrom svojega otroka, vendar najprej oba potrebujete nekaj informacij, vključno s tem, kako prekomerna teža ima vaš otrok in koliko bi moral jesti.

Pripravite se zdravniku povedati o prehranjevalnih in telesnih navadah vašega otroka, vključno s hrano, ki je ne bo jedel. Če imate na primer izbirčnega otroka, ki ne bo jedel zelenjave, vas bo zdravnik morda povezal z dietetikom, ki vas bo naučil, kako v družinske večerje prikrasti več zelenjave.

Do konca obiska bi morali vedeti, katere korake je treba sprejeti, vključno s tem, kako narediti bolj zdrave obroke in najti zabavne dejavnosti, s katerimi se bo vaš otrok gibal.

Tudi če ste samohranilec, vam ni treba biti edina odrasla oseba, ki otroku pomaga pri izgubi teže, najbolje je, da v svoje novo zdravo vedenje vključite vse v svojem domu, vključno z otroki, ki imajo zdravo težo. Pri tem lahko sodelujejo tudi razširjeni družinski člani, učitelji, trenerji in verski voditelji v vaši skupnosti.

"S tovrstnim timskim pristopom lahko otrok krmili zdravo vedenje v veliko različnih okoljih" in ne samo doma, pravi Economos.

Poleg tega, da tesnim stikom pripovedujete o novi prehrani vašega otroka in spodbujate telesno aktivnost, se s temi ljudmi pogovorite, zakaj in kako bi vam lahko olajšali vaše pozitivno vzdušje. Povejte jim, da ne gre za odvzemanje nezdrave hrane ali čas za televizijo - gre za pravilno prehrano in oskrbo telesa z energijo ter iskanje zabavnih načinov za aktivnost.

"Na koncu lahko pomaga veliko otrokom," pravi Economos. Na primer, "če trener postavi pravilo, da je voda samo na igrišču [namesto sladkih športnih napitkov], to koristi celotni ekipi."

Pričakujte pričakovanja

Iskanje zdravih receptov na spletu je odlično, vendar ne uporabljajte nasvetov iz neprofesionalnih virov. Karkoli že delate, se izogibajte modnim dietam in blogom, ki ponujajo prehranska pravila za otroke.

"Otroci, ki odraščajo, potrebujejo ustrezno prehrano, zato morate resnično upoštevati pristop, ki temelji na dokazih, kot so ga opisali pravi zdravniki," pravi Economos.

In čeprav je to velika sprememba v življenju vaše družine, ni nujno, da je zajeta. Naj bodo spremembe majhne in obvladljive, tako da jih vključite v svoje vsakdanje življenje, zato boste uspešni.


Poročilo ugotavlja, da je debelost pri otrocih v porastu: Ali ima vaš otrok zdravo težo?

Ali imajo vaši otroci prekomerno telesno težo ali skoraj v redu? Če mislite, da imajo prav, ste po raziskavah podobni večini staršev v Združenih državah.

Toda veliko staršev se moti in morda ste tudi vi. Približno 17 odstotkov otrok in mladostnikov, starih od 2 do 19 let, je debelih, v primerjavi s 5 odstotki leta 1974, po podatkih centrov za nadzor in preprečevanje bolezni (CDC).

To povečanje je velik problem, saj je debelost pri otrocih zanesljiv napovedovalec debelosti odraslih. Debelost v odrasli dobi je dejavnik tveganja za bolezni srca, sladkorno bolezen tipa 2 in druge kronične bolezni, zaradi česar je vodilni vzrok smrti, ki jo je mogoče preprečiti v ZDA. Noben od staršev tega ne želi za svoje otroke, vendar ne morete odpraviti težave ne vem, kar obstaja, kar je pogosta težava staršev debelih otrok.

Najprej morate pri pediatru ugotoviti, ali ima vaš otrok težave s težo. Nato lahko po potrebi pripravite načrt za zdrav, aktiven življenjski slog za svojo družino, ki vključuje pozitivno in spodbudno okolje. Tu lahko začnete - tudi če niste prepričani, da je težava.

Odkriti - in priznati - težavo

Po veliki nacionalni raziskavi, objavljeni v reviji Childhood Obesity, 78 odstotkov staršev z debelim otrokom - skoraj 4 od 5 - ga dojema kot "približno pravo težo". Glede na študijo je to v primerjavi s 71 odstotki leta 1994.

Dojemanje staršev glede teže njihovih otrok je pomembno, saj vpliva na to, ali spodbujajo zdravo vedenje doma, pravi eden od avtorjev študije, dr. Jian Zhang s šole za javno zdravje Georgia Southern University.

"Naši družbeno sprejeti standardi za" normalno težo "se lahko premikajo navzgor in predstavljajo velik izziv pri preprečevanju debelosti pri otrocih," pravi.

Tudi če mislite, da so vaši otroci videti prav, je najbolje, da o tem veste tako, da jih odpeljete k pediatru. Pediater lahko ugotovi začasne spremembe ali osnovno motnjo, ki vpliva na rast ali težo otrok.

Če je vaš otrok debel, ostanite mirni, pravi dr. Christina Economos, soustanoviteljica ChildhoodObesity180 na Univerzi Tufts, skupine raziskovalcev in strokovnjakov, ki sodelujejo pri boju proti debelosti pri otrocih.

"To je problem, vendar brez panike. Kot starš lahko veliko narediš, "pravi.

Ko govorite o otrokovi teži, se osredotočite na zdravje. Če ga morate svojemu otroku dati na znanje, mu povejte, da zdravnik pravi, da prehitro pridobiva na teži, in da se bo celotna družina odločila bolj zdravo. Nato ga prosite, naj razmisli o novih dejavnostih, ki bi jih rad preizkusil. Izogibanje posmehu in kazni bo ustvarilo vzdušje podpore in povečalo možnosti, da bo vaš otrok sprejel bolj zdravo vedenje tako doma kot zunaj njega.

Tudi če niste mogli reči, da ima vaš otrok prekomerno telesno težo, so ga v šoli morda že dražili ali celo ustrahovali.

"Otroci so precej občutljivi in ​​to je resnično srhljivo, zato bi morali biti odrasli pozitivni in podporni," pravi Economos.

Prav tako boste želeli narediti načrt ukrepanja s pediatrom svojega otroka, vendar najprej oba potrebujete nekaj informacij, vključno s tem, kako prekomerna teža ima vaš otrok in koliko bi moral jesti.

Pripravite se zdravniku povedati o prehranjevalnih in telesnih navadah vašega otroka, vključno s hrano, ki je ne bo jedel. Če imate na primer izbirčnega otroka, ki ne bo jedel zelenjave, vas bo zdravnik morda povezal z dietetikom, ki vas bo naučil, kako v družinske večerje prikrasti več zelenjave.

Do konca obiska bi morali vedeti, katere korake je treba sprejeti, vključno s tem, kako narediti bolj zdrave obroke in najti zabavne dejavnosti, s katerimi se bo vaš otrok gibal.

Tudi če ste samohranilec, vam ni treba biti edina odrasla oseba, ki otroku pomaga pri izgubi teže, najbolje je, da v svoje novo zdravo vedenje vključite vse v svojem domu, vključno z otroki, ki imajo zdravo težo. Pri tem lahko sodelujejo tudi razširjeni družinski člani, učitelji, trenerji in verski voditelji v vaši skupnosti.

"S tovrstnim timskim pristopom lahko otrok krmili zdravo vedenje v veliko različnih okoljih" in ne samo doma, pravi Economos.

Poleg tega, da tesnim stikom pripovedujete o novi prehrani vašega otroka in spodbujate telesno aktivnost, se s temi ljudmi pogovorite, zakaj in kako bi vam lahko olajšali vaše pozitivno vzdušje. Povejte jim, da ne gre za odvzemanje nezdrave hrane ali čas za televizijo - gre za pravilno prehrano in oskrbo telesa z energijo ter iskanje zabavnih načinov za aktivnost.

"Na koncu lahko pomaga veliko otrokom," pravi Economos. Na primer, "če trener postavi pravilo, da je voda samo na igrišču [namesto sladkih športnih napitkov], to koristi celotni ekipi."

Pričakujte pričakovanja

Iskanje zdravih receptov na spletu je odlično, vendar ne uporabljajte nasvetov iz neprofesionalnih virov. Karkoli že delate, se izogibajte modnim dietam in blogom, ki ponujajo prehranska pravila za otroke.

"Otroci, ki odraščajo, potrebujejo ustrezno prehrano, zato morate resnično upoštevati pristop, ki temelji na dokazih, kot so ga opisali pravi zdravniki," pravi Economos.

In čeprav je to velika sprememba v življenju vaše družine, ni nujno, da je zajeta. Naj bodo spremembe majhne in obvladljive, tako da jih vključite v svoje vsakdanje življenje, zato boste uspešni.


Poročilo ugotavlja, da je debelost pri otrocih v porastu: Ali ima vaš otrok zdravo težo?

Ali imajo vaši otroci prekomerno telesno težo ali skoraj v redu? Če mislite, da imajo prav, ste po raziskavah podobni večini staršev v Združenih državah.

Toda veliko staršev se moti in morda ste tudi vi. Približno 17 odstotkov otrok in mladostnikov, starih od 2 do 19 let, je debelih, v primerjavi s 5 odstotki leta 1974, po podatkih centrov za nadzor in preprečevanje bolezni (CDC).

To povečanje je velik problem, saj je debelost pri otrocih zanesljiv napovedovalec debelosti odraslih. Debelost v odrasli dobi je dejavnik tveganja za bolezni srca, sladkorno bolezen tipa 2 in druge kronične bolezni, zaradi česar je vodilni vzrok smrti, ki jo je mogoče preprečiti v ZDA. Noben od staršev tega ne želi za svoje otroke, vendar ne morete odpraviti težave, ki je ne ne vem, kar obstaja, kar je pogosta težava staršev debelih otrok.

Najprej morate pri pediatru ugotoviti, ali ima vaš otrok težave s težo. Nato lahko po potrebi pripravite načrt za zdrav, aktiven življenjski slog za svojo družino, ki vključuje pozitivno in spodbudno okolje. Tu lahko začnete - tudi če niste prepričani, da je težava.

Odkriti - in priznati - težavo

Po veliki nacionalni raziskavi, objavljeni v reviji Childhood Obesity, 78 odstotkov staršev z debelim otrokom - skoraj 4 od 5 - ga dojema kot "približno pravo težo". Glede na študijo je to v primerjavi s 71 odstotki leta 1994.

Dojemanje staršev glede teže svojih otrok je pomembno, saj vpliva na to, ali spodbujajo zdravo vedenje doma, pravi eden od avtorjev študije, dr. Jian Zhang s šole za javno zdravje Georgia Southern University.

"Naši družbeno sprejeti standardi za" normalno težo "se lahko premikajo navzgor in predstavljajo velik izziv pri preprečevanju debelosti pri otrocih," pravi.

Tudi če mislite, da so vaši otroci videti prav, je najbolje, da o tem veste tako, da jih odpeljete k pediatru. Pediater lahko ugotovi začasne spremembe ali osnovno motnjo, ki vpliva na rast ali težo otrok.

Če je vaš otrok debel, ostanite mirni, pravi dr. Christina Economos, soustanoviteljica ChildhoodObesity180 na Univerzi Tufts, skupine raziskovalcev in strokovnjakov, ki sodelujejo pri boju proti debelosti pri otrocih.

"To je problem, vendar brez panike. Kot starš lahko veliko narediš, "pravi.

Ko govorite o otrokovi teži, se osredotočite na zdravje. Če ga morate svojemu otroku dati na znanje, mu povejte, da zdravnik pravi, da prehitro pridobiva na teži, in da se bo celotna družina odločila bolj zdravo. Nato ga prosite, naj razmisli o novih dejavnostih, ki bi jih rad preizkusil. Izogibanje posmehu in kazni bo ustvarilo vzdušje podpore in povečalo možnosti, da bo vaš otrok sprejel bolj zdravo vedenje tako doma kot zunaj njega.

Tudi če niste vedeli, da ima vaš otrok prekomerno telesno težo, so ga v šoli morda že dražili ali celo ustrahovali.

"Otroci so precej občutljivi in ​​to je resnično srhljivo, zato bi morali biti odrasli pozitivni in podporni," pravi Economos.

Prav tako boste želeli narediti načrt ukrepanja s pediatrom svojega otroka, vendar najprej oba potrebujete nekaj informacij, vključno s tem, kako prekomerna teža ima vaš otrok in koliko bi moral jesti.

Pripravite se zdravniku povedati o prehranjevalnih in telesnih navadah vašega otroka, vključno s hrano, ki je ne bo jedel. Če imate na primer izbirčnega otroka, ki ne bo jedel zelenjave, vas bo zdravnik morda povezal z dietetikom, ki vas bo naučil, kako v družinske večerje prikrasti več zelenjave.

Do konca obiska bi morali vedeti, katere korake je treba sprejeti, vključno s tem, kako narediti bolj zdrave obroke in najti zabavne dejavnosti, s katerimi se bo vaš otrok gibal.

Tudi če ste samohranilec, vam ni treba biti edina odrasla oseba, ki otroku pomaga pri izgubi teže, najbolje je, da v svoje novo zdravo vedenje vključite vse v svojem domu, vključno z otroki, ki imajo zdravo težo. Pri tem lahko sodelujejo tudi razširjeni družinski člani, učitelji, trenerji in verski voditelji v vaši skupnosti.

"S tovrstnim timskim pristopom lahko otrok krmili zdravo vedenje v veliko različnih okoljih" in ne samo doma, pravi Economos.

Poleg tega, da tesnim stikom pripovedujete o novi prehrani vašega otroka in spodbujate telesno aktivnost, se s temi ljudmi pogovorite, zakaj in kako bi vam lahko olajšali vaše pozitivno vzdušje. Povejte jim, da ne gre za odvzemanje nezdrave hrane ali čas za televizijo - gre za pravilno prehrano in oskrbo telesa z energijo ter iskanje zabavnih načinov za aktivnost.

"Na koncu lahko pomaga veliko otrokom," pravi Economos. Na primer, "če trener postavi pravilo, da je voda samo na igrišču [namesto sladkih športnih napitkov], to koristi celotni ekipi."

Pričakujte pričakovanja

Iskanje zdravih receptov na spletu je odlično, vendar ne uporabljajte nasvetov iz neprofesionalnih virov. Karkoli že delate, se izogibajte modnim dietam in spletnim dnevnikom, ki ponujajo prehranska pravila za otroke.

"Otroci, ki odraščajo, potrebujejo ustrezno prehrano, zato morate resnično upoštevati pristop, ki temelji na dokazih, kot so ga opisali pravi zdravniki," pravi Economos.

In čeprav je to velika sprememba v življenju vaše družine, ni nujno, da je zajeta. Naj bodo spremembe majhne in obvladljive, tako da jih vključite v svoje vsakdanje življenje, zato boste uspešni.


Poročilo ugotavlja, da je debelost pri otrocih v porastu: Ali ima vaš otrok zdravo težo?

Ali imajo vaši otroci prekomerno telesno težo ali skoraj v redu? Če mislite, da imajo prav, ste po raziskavah podobni večini staršev v Združenih državah.

Toda veliko staršev se moti in morda ste tudi vi. Približno 17 odstotkov otrok in mladostnikov, starih od 2 do 19 let, je debelih, v primerjavi s 5 odstotki leta 1974, po podatkih centrov za nadzor in preprečevanje bolezni (CDC).

To povečanje je velik problem, saj je debelost pri otrocih zanesljiv napovedovalec debelosti odraslih. Debelost v odrasli dobi je dejavnik tveganja za bolezni srca, sladkorno bolezen tipa 2 in druge kronične bolezni, zaradi česar je vodilni vzrok smrti, ki jo je mogoče preprečiti v ZDA. Noben od staršev tega ne želi za svoje otroke, vendar ne morete odpraviti težave ne vem, kar obstaja, kar je pogosta težava staršev debelih otrok.

Najprej morate pri pediatru ugotoviti, ali ima vaš otrok težave s težo. Nato lahko po potrebi pripravite načrt za zdrav, aktiven življenjski slog za svojo družino, ki vključuje pozitivno in spodbudno okolje. Tu lahko začnete - tudi če niste prepričani, da je težava.

Odkriti - in priznati - težavo

Po veliki nacionalni raziskavi, objavljeni v reviji Childhood Obesity, 78 odstotkov staršev z debelim otrokom - skoraj 4 od 5 - ga dojema kot "približno pravo težo". Glede na študijo je to v primerjavi s 71 odstotki leta 1994.

Parents’ perception of their children’s weight is important because it influences whether they foster healthy behaviors at home, says one of the study’s authors, Dr. Jian Zhang of Georgia Southern University’s school of public health.

“Our socially accepted standards for ‘normal weight’ may be shifting upwards, presenting a vast challenge to childhood obesity prevention,” he says.

Even if you think your children look about right, it’s best to know for sure by taking them to a pediatrician. A pediatrician can identify temporary changes or an underlying disorder that affects children’s growth or weight.

If your child is deemed obese, stay calm, says Dr. Christina Economos, co-founder of ChildhoodObesity180 at Tufts University, a group of researchers and professionals who collaborate to combat childhood obesity.

“It’s a problem, but don’t panic. As a parent, there’s a lot you can do,” she says.

When you discuss your child’s weight, focus on health. If you need to break it to your child yourself, let him know the doctor says he is gaining weight too quickly, and the whole family is going to make healthier decisions. Then ask him to think of some new activities he’d like to try. Avoiding ridicule and punishment will create an atmosphere of support and increase the chances that your child will adopt healthier behaviors both in and outside of the home.

Even if you couldn’t tell your child was overweight, he or she may have been teased or even bullied at school already.

“Kids are pretty delicate, and that’s really heartbreaking stuff, so adults should be positive and supportive,” Economos says.

You’ll also want to make a plan of action with your child’s pediatrician, but first you both need some information, including how overweight your child is and how much he or she should be eating.

Be prepared to tell the doctor about your child’s eating and activity habits, including any foods he or she won’t eat. If you have a picky kid who won’t eat vegetables, for example, your doctor may connect you with a dietitian who can teach you ways to sneak more veggies into your family’s dinners.

By the end of the visit, you should know what steps to take next, including how to make healthier meals and find fun activities to get your kid moving.

Even if you’re a single parent, you don’t have to be the only adult helping your child lose weight it’s best to include everyone in your home in your new healthy behaviors, including children who are at a healthy weight. Extended family members, teachers, coaches and religious leaders in your community can all play a part, too.

“With this sort of team approach, the child can navigate healthy behaviors in lots of different environments” rather than just at home, Economos says.

In addition to telling close contacts about your child’s new diet and encouraging physical activity, discuss with those people why and how they should help facilitate your positive atmosphere. Tell them it’s not about taking away junk food or TV time— it’s about nourishing and fueling the body properly, and finding fun ways to get active.

“In the end, it may help a lot of children,” Economos says. For example, “if a coach puts out a rule that it’s water only on the field [instead of sugary sports drinks], that benefits the whole team.”

Keep expectations in check

Finding healthy recipes online is great, but don’t use advice from non-professional resources. Whatever you do, steer clear of fad diets and blogs offering nutritional rules for children.

“Children who are growing need adequate nutrition, so you really need to follow an evidence-based approach as outlined by real clinicians,” Economos says.

And even though this is a big change in your family’s lives, it doesn’t have to be all-consuming. Keep changes small and manageable by integrating them into your daily life, and you’ll be set up for success.


Report finds childhood obesity on the rise: Does your kid have a healthy weight?

Are your kids overweight or just about right? If you think they’re about right, you’re like most parents in the United States, according to research.

But a lot of parents are wrong, and you might be, too. About 17 percent of kids and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are obese, up from 5 percent in 1974, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That increase is a big problem because childhood obesity is a reliable predictor of adult obesity. Obesity in adulthood is a risk factor for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, making it a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. No parent wants that for his or her children, but you can’t fix a problem you don’t know exists, which is a common problem for parents of obese kids.

First you have to find out whether your kid has a weight problem by seeing a pediatrician. Then, if necessary, you can come up with a plan for a healthy, active lifestyle for your family that includes a positive, supportive environment. Here’s where to begin— even if you’re not quite sure there’s a problem.

Discovering— and admitting— the problem

According to a large national study published in the journal Childhood Obesity, 78 percent of parents with an obese child— almost 4 in 5— perceive him or her as “about the right weight.” That’s up from 71 percent in 1994, according to the study.

Parents’ perception of their children’s weight is important because it influences whether they foster healthy behaviors at home, says one of the study’s authors, Dr. Jian Zhang of Georgia Southern University’s school of public health.

“Our socially accepted standards for ‘normal weight’ may be shifting upwards, presenting a vast challenge to childhood obesity prevention,” he says.

Even if you think your children look about right, it’s best to know for sure by taking them to a pediatrician. A pediatrician can identify temporary changes or an underlying disorder that affects children’s growth or weight.

If your child is deemed obese, stay calm, says Dr. Christina Economos, co-founder of ChildhoodObesity180 at Tufts University, a group of researchers and professionals who collaborate to combat childhood obesity.

“It’s a problem, but don’t panic. As a parent, there’s a lot you can do,” she says.

When you discuss your child’s weight, focus on health. If you need to break it to your child yourself, let him know the doctor says he is gaining weight too quickly, and the whole family is going to make healthier decisions. Then ask him to think of some new activities he’d like to try. Avoiding ridicule and punishment will create an atmosphere of support and increase the chances that your child will adopt healthier behaviors both in and outside of the home.

Even if you couldn’t tell your child was overweight, he or she may have been teased or even bullied at school already.

“Kids are pretty delicate, and that’s really heartbreaking stuff, so adults should be positive and supportive,” Economos says.

You’ll also want to make a plan of action with your child’s pediatrician, but first you both need some information, including how overweight your child is and how much he or she should be eating.

Be prepared to tell the doctor about your child’s eating and activity habits, including any foods he or she won’t eat. If you have a picky kid who won’t eat vegetables, for example, your doctor may connect you with a dietitian who can teach you ways to sneak more veggies into your family’s dinners.

By the end of the visit, you should know what steps to take next, including how to make healthier meals and find fun activities to get your kid moving.

Even if you’re a single parent, you don’t have to be the only adult helping your child lose weight it’s best to include everyone in your home in your new healthy behaviors, including children who are at a healthy weight. Extended family members, teachers, coaches and religious leaders in your community can all play a part, too.

“With this sort of team approach, the child can navigate healthy behaviors in lots of different environments” rather than just at home, Economos says.

In addition to telling close contacts about your child’s new diet and encouraging physical activity, discuss with those people why and how they should help facilitate your positive atmosphere. Tell them it’s not about taking away junk food or TV time— it’s about nourishing and fueling the body properly, and finding fun ways to get active.

“In the end, it may help a lot of children,” Economos says. For example, “if a coach puts out a rule that it’s water only on the field [instead of sugary sports drinks], that benefits the whole team.”

Keep expectations in check

Finding healthy recipes online is great, but don’t use advice from non-professional resources. Whatever you do, steer clear of fad diets and blogs offering nutritional rules for children.

“Children who are growing need adequate nutrition, so you really need to follow an evidence-based approach as outlined by real clinicians,” Economos says.

And even though this is a big change in your family’s lives, it doesn’t have to be all-consuming. Keep changes small and manageable by integrating them into your daily life, and you’ll be set up for success.


Report finds childhood obesity on the rise: Does your kid have a healthy weight?

Are your kids overweight or just about right? If you think they’re about right, you’re like most parents in the United States, according to research.

But a lot of parents are wrong, and you might be, too. About 17 percent of kids and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are obese, up from 5 percent in 1974, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That increase is a big problem because childhood obesity is a reliable predictor of adult obesity. Obesity in adulthood is a risk factor for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, making it a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. No parent wants that for his or her children, but you can’t fix a problem you don’t know exists, which is a common problem for parents of obese kids.

First you have to find out whether your kid has a weight problem by seeing a pediatrician. Then, if necessary, you can come up with a plan for a healthy, active lifestyle for your family that includes a positive, supportive environment. Here’s where to begin— even if you’re not quite sure there’s a problem.

Discovering— and admitting— the problem

According to a large national study published in the journal Childhood Obesity, 78 percent of parents with an obese child— almost 4 in 5— perceive him or her as “about the right weight.” That’s up from 71 percent in 1994, according to the study.

Parents’ perception of their children’s weight is important because it influences whether they foster healthy behaviors at home, says one of the study’s authors, Dr. Jian Zhang of Georgia Southern University’s school of public health.

“Our socially accepted standards for ‘normal weight’ may be shifting upwards, presenting a vast challenge to childhood obesity prevention,” he says.

Even if you think your children look about right, it’s best to know for sure by taking them to a pediatrician. A pediatrician can identify temporary changes or an underlying disorder that affects children’s growth or weight.

If your child is deemed obese, stay calm, says Dr. Christina Economos, co-founder of ChildhoodObesity180 at Tufts University, a group of researchers and professionals who collaborate to combat childhood obesity.

“It’s a problem, but don’t panic. As a parent, there’s a lot you can do,” she says.

When you discuss your child’s weight, focus on health. If you need to break it to your child yourself, let him know the doctor says he is gaining weight too quickly, and the whole family is going to make healthier decisions. Then ask him to think of some new activities he’d like to try. Avoiding ridicule and punishment will create an atmosphere of support and increase the chances that your child will adopt healthier behaviors both in and outside of the home.

Even if you couldn’t tell your child was overweight, he or she may have been teased or even bullied at school already.

“Kids are pretty delicate, and that’s really heartbreaking stuff, so adults should be positive and supportive,” Economos says.

You’ll also want to make a plan of action with your child’s pediatrician, but first you both need some information, including how overweight your child is and how much he or she should be eating.

Be prepared to tell the doctor about your child’s eating and activity habits, including any foods he or she won’t eat. If you have a picky kid who won’t eat vegetables, for example, your doctor may connect you with a dietitian who can teach you ways to sneak more veggies into your family’s dinners.

By the end of the visit, you should know what steps to take next, including how to make healthier meals and find fun activities to get your kid moving.

Even if you’re a single parent, you don’t have to be the only adult helping your child lose weight it’s best to include everyone in your home in your new healthy behaviors, including children who are at a healthy weight. Extended family members, teachers, coaches and religious leaders in your community can all play a part, too.

“With this sort of team approach, the child can navigate healthy behaviors in lots of different environments” rather than just at home, Economos says.

In addition to telling close contacts about your child’s new diet and encouraging physical activity, discuss with those people why and how they should help facilitate your positive atmosphere. Tell them it’s not about taking away junk food or TV time— it’s about nourishing and fueling the body properly, and finding fun ways to get active.

“In the end, it may help a lot of children,” Economos says. For example, “if a coach puts out a rule that it’s water only on the field [instead of sugary sports drinks], that benefits the whole team.”

Keep expectations in check

Finding healthy recipes online is great, but don’t use advice from non-professional resources. Whatever you do, steer clear of fad diets and blogs offering nutritional rules for children.

“Children who are growing need adequate nutrition, so you really need to follow an evidence-based approach as outlined by real clinicians,” Economos says.

And even though this is a big change in your family’s lives, it doesn’t have to be all-consuming. Keep changes small and manageable by integrating them into your daily life, and you’ll be set up for success.


Report finds childhood obesity on the rise: Does your kid have a healthy weight?

Are your kids overweight or just about right? If you think they’re about right, you’re like most parents in the United States, according to research.

But a lot of parents are wrong, and you might be, too. About 17 percent of kids and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are obese, up from 5 percent in 1974, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That increase is a big problem because childhood obesity is a reliable predictor of adult obesity. Obesity in adulthood is a risk factor for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, making it a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. No parent wants that for his or her children, but you can’t fix a problem you don’t know exists, which is a common problem for parents of obese kids.

First you have to find out whether your kid has a weight problem by seeing a pediatrician. Then, if necessary, you can come up with a plan for a healthy, active lifestyle for your family that includes a positive, supportive environment. Here’s where to begin— even if you’re not quite sure there’s a problem.

Discovering— and admitting— the problem

According to a large national study published in the journal Childhood Obesity, 78 percent of parents with an obese child— almost 4 in 5— perceive him or her as “about the right weight.” That’s up from 71 percent in 1994, according to the study.

Parents’ perception of their children’s weight is important because it influences whether they foster healthy behaviors at home, says one of the study’s authors, Dr. Jian Zhang of Georgia Southern University’s school of public health.

“Our socially accepted standards for ‘normal weight’ may be shifting upwards, presenting a vast challenge to childhood obesity prevention,” he says.

Even if you think your children look about right, it’s best to know for sure by taking them to a pediatrician. A pediatrician can identify temporary changes or an underlying disorder that affects children’s growth or weight.

If your child is deemed obese, stay calm, says Dr. Christina Economos, co-founder of ChildhoodObesity180 at Tufts University, a group of researchers and professionals who collaborate to combat childhood obesity.

“It’s a problem, but don’t panic. As a parent, there’s a lot you can do,” she says.

When you discuss your child’s weight, focus on health. If you need to break it to your child yourself, let him know the doctor says he is gaining weight too quickly, and the whole family is going to make healthier decisions. Then ask him to think of some new activities he’d like to try. Avoiding ridicule and punishment will create an atmosphere of support and increase the chances that your child will adopt healthier behaviors both in and outside of the home.

Even if you couldn’t tell your child was overweight, he or she may have been teased or even bullied at school already.

“Kids are pretty delicate, and that’s really heartbreaking stuff, so adults should be positive and supportive,” Economos says.

You’ll also want to make a plan of action with your child’s pediatrician, but first you both need some information, including how overweight your child is and how much he or she should be eating.

Be prepared to tell the doctor about your child’s eating and activity habits, including any foods he or she won’t eat. If you have a picky kid who won’t eat vegetables, for example, your doctor may connect you with a dietitian who can teach you ways to sneak more veggies into your family’s dinners.

By the end of the visit, you should know what steps to take next, including how to make healthier meals and find fun activities to get your kid moving.

Even if you’re a single parent, you don’t have to be the only adult helping your child lose weight it’s best to include everyone in your home in your new healthy behaviors, including children who are at a healthy weight. Extended family members, teachers, coaches and religious leaders in your community can all play a part, too.

“With this sort of team approach, the child can navigate healthy behaviors in lots of different environments” rather than just at home, Economos says.

In addition to telling close contacts about your child’s new diet and encouraging physical activity, discuss with those people why and how they should help facilitate your positive atmosphere. Tell them it’s not about taking away junk food or TV time— it’s about nourishing and fueling the body properly, and finding fun ways to get active.

“In the end, it may help a lot of children,” Economos says. For example, “if a coach puts out a rule that it’s water only on the field [instead of sugary sports drinks], that benefits the whole team.”

Keep expectations in check

Finding healthy recipes online is great, but don’t use advice from non-professional resources. Whatever you do, steer clear of fad diets and blogs offering nutritional rules for children.

“Children who are growing need adequate nutrition, so you really need to follow an evidence-based approach as outlined by real clinicians,” Economos says.

And even though this is a big change in your family’s lives, it doesn’t have to be all-consuming. Keep changes small and manageable by integrating them into your daily life, and you’ll be set up for success.


Report finds childhood obesity on the rise: Does your kid have a healthy weight?

Are your kids overweight or just about right? If you think they’re about right, you’re like most parents in the United States, according to research.

But a lot of parents are wrong, and you might be, too. About 17 percent of kids and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are obese, up from 5 percent in 1974, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That increase is a big problem because childhood obesity is a reliable predictor of adult obesity. Obesity in adulthood is a risk factor for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, making it a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. No parent wants that for his or her children, but you can’t fix a problem you don’t know exists, which is a common problem for parents of obese kids.

First you have to find out whether your kid has a weight problem by seeing a pediatrician. Then, if necessary, you can come up with a plan for a healthy, active lifestyle for your family that includes a positive, supportive environment. Here’s where to begin— even if you’re not quite sure there’s a problem.

Discovering— and admitting— the problem

According to a large national study published in the journal Childhood Obesity, 78 percent of parents with an obese child— almost 4 in 5— perceive him or her as “about the right weight.” That’s up from 71 percent in 1994, according to the study.

Parents’ perception of their children’s weight is important because it influences whether they foster healthy behaviors at home, says one of the study’s authors, Dr. Jian Zhang of Georgia Southern University’s school of public health.

“Our socially accepted standards for ‘normal weight’ may be shifting upwards, presenting a vast challenge to childhood obesity prevention,” he says.

Even if you think your children look about right, it’s best to know for sure by taking them to a pediatrician. A pediatrician can identify temporary changes or an underlying disorder that affects children’s growth or weight.

If your child is deemed obese, stay calm, says Dr. Christina Economos, co-founder of ChildhoodObesity180 at Tufts University, a group of researchers and professionals who collaborate to combat childhood obesity.

“It’s a problem, but don’t panic. As a parent, there’s a lot you can do,” she says.

When you discuss your child’s weight, focus on health. If you need to break it to your child yourself, let him know the doctor says he is gaining weight too quickly, and the whole family is going to make healthier decisions. Then ask him to think of some new activities he’d like to try. Avoiding ridicule and punishment will create an atmosphere of support and increase the chances that your child will adopt healthier behaviors both in and outside of the home.

Even if you couldn’t tell your child was overweight, he or she may have been teased or even bullied at school already.

“Kids are pretty delicate, and that’s really heartbreaking stuff, so adults should be positive and supportive,” Economos says.

You’ll also want to make a plan of action with your child’s pediatrician, but first you both need some information, including how overweight your child is and how much he or she should be eating.

Be prepared to tell the doctor about your child’s eating and activity habits, including any foods he or she won’t eat. If you have a picky kid who won’t eat vegetables, for example, your doctor may connect you with a dietitian who can teach you ways to sneak more veggies into your family’s dinners.

By the end of the visit, you should know what steps to take next, including how to make healthier meals and find fun activities to get your kid moving.

Even if you’re a single parent, you don’t have to be the only adult helping your child lose weight it’s best to include everyone in your home in your new healthy behaviors, including children who are at a healthy weight. Extended family members, teachers, coaches and religious leaders in your community can all play a part, too.

“With this sort of team approach, the child can navigate healthy behaviors in lots of different environments” rather than just at home, Economos says.

In addition to telling close contacts about your child’s new diet and encouraging physical activity, discuss with those people why and how they should help facilitate your positive atmosphere. Tell them it’s not about taking away junk food or TV time— it’s about nourishing and fueling the body properly, and finding fun ways to get active.

“In the end, it may help a lot of children,” Economos says. For example, “if a coach puts out a rule that it’s water only on the field [instead of sugary sports drinks], that benefits the whole team.”

Keep expectations in check

Finding healthy recipes online is great, but don’t use advice from non-professional resources. Whatever you do, steer clear of fad diets and blogs offering nutritional rules for children.

“Children who are growing need adequate nutrition, so you really need to follow an evidence-based approach as outlined by real clinicians,” Economos says.

And even though this is a big change in your family’s lives, it doesn’t have to be all-consuming. Keep changes small and manageable by integrating them into your daily life, and you’ll be set up for success.


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