Tips To Help Teen Weight Loss

Just like the adult obesity crisis, children obesity rates are escalating through the roof. There has never been a time in history that children are at such a high percentage of obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure as in the 21st century. The most common factors that produce overweight children include, but are not limited to sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits.

If you have noticed that your children are gaining weight then the sooner you instill better eating and lifestyle habits into their routine the better. Here are a few tips to getting your children’s weight back under control:

Weight Loss Tips For Kids

  • Limit television, computer and video game times. Children are more likely to be active if they don’t have an immediate alternative in the form of a television or computer screen right in front of them.
  • Give them chores. Children that work more around the house are more likely to engage in physical activity than children that are picked up after by their mother or a nanny.
  • Additionally, children that do chores are more likely to appreciate the work that goes into maintaining a clean household and more likely to keep it that way.
  • Encourage them to join a sports team or even just an active set of friends. Sports aren’t for everyone but for kids that enjoy them, sports can really give an incentive to keep fit. Children that play sports are up to 75% less likely to become overweight than kids that don’t play sports. If your child isn’t interested it may be because you don’t seem interested. Get involved with him or her, ask them what they may like and explore the option together. If your child does decide to play sports, don’t forget to be supportive the entire time, win or lose.
  • Encourage your child to walk or ride a bike. If your location permits it, encourage your children to walk or ride a bike to the store for you or to school instead of ferrying them in the car. Walking and riding a bicycle are great forms of exercise that your child won’t even realize he or she is getting as they will simply think of it as a mode of transportation. Another option is to make a walk date a couple of times a week where the entire family walks together. When there are more people to hold your child accountable for the date, the more likely he or she is likely to break it so invite everyone!

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