childhood obesity often remain with the child for life. The child is at the parent’s mercy and it is crucial that the parent is given the correct tools to increase the child’s chance of having a healthy and happy life. Strategies The first strategy is to ascertain the parents’ awareness of the child’s weight being a concern. Parents may not be ready to help children develop healthier habits and lose weight (Rhee et al., 2014). With the parent and the child being overweight, the assumption is that child is following the habits of hid parents. It is important to educate the family on healthier choices for food and activities. It will take the effort of the family to make the change to healthier living their new
lifestyle. The second strategy is to develop a plan that will work for the family. After educating on healthier living, develop a plan to implement healthier living. For example, develop a plan for a weekly menu to include healthy snacks and a plan to incorporate exercises into the family’s schedule. Questions 1.How many times a week do the family eat out? 2.How many times a week for the family exercise? 3.How many hours of uninterrupted sleep do each member of the family get a night? (2015). The Relationship between Parent Feeding Styles and General Parenting with Loss of Control Eating in Treatment-Seeking Overweight and Obese Children. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48:7 1047-1055 Rhee, K., McEachern, R., & Jelalian, E. (2014). Parents Readiness to Change Differs for Overweight Child Dietary and Physical Activity Behaviors. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Response #1 I enjoyed reading your post Rajwant. Parents play an essential role in preventing childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is an urgent public health issues. Childhood obesity has doubled over the recent decade due to lack of outdoor activities which occurs when food intake exceeds physical activity (CDC, 2018). Prevention is always the key.
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