Here are some beliefs regarding children’s weight loss that need to change…
Childhood obesity is genetic; you can’t do anything about it.
Fact: While genes do influence weight, they are only a part of the equation. Some children are more prone to gaining weight than others, but that doesn’t mean they’re doomed with weight problems. Children can maintain a healthy weight if they eat right and exercise.
Put the overweight child on a diet.
Fact: Only if it is directed by your child’s doctor. Slow or stop weight gain, and focus on ensuring that the child eats right.
Children will outgrow the weight. It’s just baby fat.
Fact: The children who are overweight in the early years could become overweight teens. Kids don’t outgrow the problem unless the parents intervene.
Avoid fats completely.
Fact: Not all fats are bad. Don’t cut out fat from your child’s diet. Instead, focus on replacing unhealthy trans fats with healthy fats that manage the moods, fight fatigue, and help control weight.
Fact: Having a no-sweets rule will lead to cravings and overindulging when given the chance. Instead, limit the candies, and desserts your child eats and introduce fruit-based snacks instead.