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Obesity is the most prevalent
1. Become an "authoritative" parent.
Authoritative parenting is the middle ground between permissive and authoritarian styles. Whereas permissive parents might have abundant high-calorie snacks always and easily available, and authoritarian parents might strictly forbid such snacks, authoritative parents have a firm but flexible structure for when and how to enjoy a variety of foods as snacks. Parents who set limits are doing the right thing because they are showing kids how to make decisions about eating and activities. Children need limits and guidance, but the evidence is quite strong that strictly prohibiting foods usually backfires later on when kids have more independence. Even so, being overly permissive and serving unlimited portions also leads to overeating. Young children generally stop eating when they feel full, while older children
2. Eat moderately.
Children stand a greater chance of learning to eat in a healthy manner and to manage weight when using a family-based approach rather than going it on their own. Children are better copycats than listeners: They are more likely to do what their parents do, rather than what their parents say. Parents who themselves alternate between control (restrictive dieting) and loss of control (binge eating) are likely to pass on these eating habits to children. Children do not naturally restrict food and then overeat later
How to do it:
• Instead of serving overly large portions, try following suggested serving sizes and eating slowly so the body can recognize fullness. Serve second helpings only if family members are still hungry. Offer children small servings and allow them to ask for more if they finish and are still hungry.
• Instead of reaching for a high-calorie snack when bored or upset from stress, try a planned distraction. Have a list ready to go with doable suggestions: Take a five-minute walk around the block, make a phone call to a friend or do a few stretches to favorite music.
• Instead of drinking soda and juice several times a day, try quenching thirst with water. Parents should try to drink water or milk at mealtimes rather than soda. Let kids shop for a special water bottle; fill it with water and pack it for school in lieu of a can of soda or fruit punch.
• Instead of ordering a super-size value meal for each family member at restaurants, try ordering smaller portions or ordering one super-size meal for a parent and child to share.
• Instead of rewarding yourself or your child with an indulgent treat after accomplishing something challenging, try buying a non-edible special item, such as clothing, books or toys as a reward.