Your Child’s Weight – What the Doctor Really Thinks!
Michelle Obama’s, “Let’s Move!” initiative to battle childhood obesity has drawn our attention to a growing issue in our country: health and fitness, particularly that of our nation’s children. Many kids are struggling with weight issues, and at earlier ages than ever before.
Use non-food reinforcements for good behavior, like stickers, small toys, or even silly things, like jumping on the bed (or some other usually forbidden activity).
It’s not easy. With their long school days behind a desk, and little friends that bring junk food for lunch, ensuring our children have a healthy lifestyle becomes quite the battle. We wonder if what we are managing to do is enough. You wonder if the fact that you simply cannot get your daughter to eat kale chips instead of potato chips is the reason she’s uncomfortable in her jeans, and always wants to wear an elastic waistband. We wonder if maybe we should have walked around the block after dinner, instead of practicing spelling words another time. We beat ourselves up when, after a very LONG and difficult day, we succumb to the ease of the drive-through.
I totally love the idea that the “Let’s Move!” campaign is suggesting when they say, “Although adults usually decide what kids eat, we all know that kids eat what is available. Therefore, surrounding them with healthier options leaves them no choice but to eat better food.” However, I also have to admit that sometimes my kids will just choose not to eat anything! (And then I get to wake up with them at midnight, when they’re hungry.)
I guess the question becomes – am I doing enough? Am I winning the war on these daily battles we’re fighting with food and fitness? How do I know if my child is at a healthy weight?