Children come in all shapes and sizes. While many children are able to outgrow any extra weight when they begin to get taller, extra weight can still be a concern for children and their parents. Some kids may be self-conscious because even though there are plenty of parents who will downplay their child’s extra weight, there are other children and parents who will not. If you have a child who has a bit of extra weight and does not like to take part in activities, this is less likely to be a case where the extra weight will spread out as the child grows. Instead, the child may be more likely to develop childhood obesity. Here are six tips to follow that may be able to help the child and their parents.
1: Talk to your child. What do they like to do? Are their friends taking part in any specific activity that your child has expressed an interest in? There are very few children who will just run around and exercise on their own. As a result, many children will benefit most from being enrolled in an activity that they find fun and exerting.
2: Is television and video gaming eating up a lot of your child’s time? Sitting in front of the television may not be the worst thing in the world, but if a child rarely leaves the glow of the television screen, they may need to have their gaming and watching time limited by their parents. While television and video games can be a relaxing reward, children are more likely to be active and fit if they spend more time doing something more physical and fun.
3: Regular play dates organized between friends can allow children to have something to look forward to. In addition, many children may look forward to being able to do physical things and play around outside when they are with their friends. When friends get together only once in a while, they might want to play the latest game that their friend has because they cannot otherwise play the game. However, with regular plans friends can use their time for activities outdoors.
4: Allow the family to spend time together! Family fitness plans, clubs and programs can unite the family in healthy living.
5: Take a walk with your child. Walking is a great exercise, it is not overly aggressive as an activity and parents and children can spend time together talking and staying fit.
6: Invest in a pet. Dogs and cats are fun and active. Many children who spend time with these animals are able to exercise more than they otherwise would.
These are some simple ideas that individuals can take part of in order to help their family stay fit and healthy. This can also help families spend time together creating bonds and becoming closer. Providing options for different types of exercise and physical activity is important. However, if childhood obesity is a real concern, families can help by being as active and supportive of their child as possible.