The first step in helping your child get to a healthy weight is to talk with his or her doctor. Your child's health care provider can set healthy goals for weight-loss and help with monitoring and support.
Getting support from friends and family will also help your child lose weight. Try to get the whole family to join a weight-loss plan, even if weight loss is not the goal for everyone. Weight-loss plans for children focus on healthy lifestyle habits. All family members can benefit from having healthier lifestyles.
Commend and reward your child when he makes good food choices and participates in healthy activities. This will encourage him to keep at it.
- DO NOT use food as a reward or punishment. For example, DO NOT offer food if your child does chores. DO NOT withhold food if your child does not do his homework.
- DO NOT punish, tease, or put down children who are not motivated in their weight-loss plan. This will not help them.
- DO NOT force your child to eat all the food on his plate. Infants, children, and teens need to learn to stop eating when they are full.