Speaking Point: Just go to any playground or schoolyard in town and you will see more overweight kids than at any other time in history. Childhood obesity is growing in alarming rates. Since 1980, obesity has more than doubled in children ages 2 to5 and tripled in children ages 6 to 11. The “cure” for childhood obesity rests with the parents.
Dr. Sheila Forman is both a clinical psychologist and attorney who comments on the psychological and legal issues affecting our society today. She is the author of several self-help books, including Self-Fullness – The Art of Loving and Caring For Your ‘Self’ and Do You Use Food To Cope? A Comprehensive 15-Week Program for Overcoming Emotional Overeating.
Speaking Point: How to Get Your Kid to Eat Right:
Speaking Point: 1. The US Surgeon General office recently announced that when parents eat well and exercise regularly the odds are that their kids will too.
Speaking Point: 2. Parents need to be role models for their children. You need to walk the walk and talk the talk!
Speaking Point: 3. Stock your kitchen with lots of delicious healthy treats and snacks – such as: frozen grapes, whole grain crackers, air popped popcorn
Speaking Point: 4. Get your kids involved – shop, cook and plan with them.
Speaking Point: 5. Eat as a family so your kids can see you eating whole healthy foods.
Speaking Point: 6. Plan family exercise time- a bike ride on Sundays, everybody walks the dog after dinner, once a month you all wash your car by hand
Speaking Point: 7. Limit TV and computer time and emphasize active activities.