Are you worried about your child’s weight? Concerned your child has an unhealthy weight?
Confused by the advice you hear on TV, from the doctor, or from friends? Unsure of how and where to start turning things around for your family? Overwhelmed with the magnitude of it all?
Unhealthy weight in kids is complicated. Any adult who has struggled with correcting lifelong behaviors and habits around eating and exercise knows how difficult a process this can be, and knows that many of these patterns begin during childhood.
While there is an abundance of research on the contributors to childhood weight problems, it can be frustrating and confusing to translate these findings into healthy and effective family practices.
Many scientists, policy-makers, and health care professionals work diligently to curtail the problems associated with unhealthy weight, yet the problem persists.
Who is to take responsibility? Parents? Pediatricians? Schools? Media? Everyone? Nobody?
This is a 12-part series for parents—the gatekeepers to the daily decisions made about food, eating, and activity for their families.
This series will dedicate itself to taking an in-depth look at the factors and behaviors that contribute to unhealthy weight in children. My hope is that parents will be able to use this series as a guide to assess their own environment and family behaviors and make reasonable changes within their homes.
This series challenges all parents to raise their sensitivity and awareness levels with regard to what and how their child is eating and moving while taking the lead in making effective changes. Every positive change helps promote your child’s healthy weight and helps prevent the development and progression of unhealthy weight.
There is nothing to lose but habits and behaviors that DO NOT WORK for your child’s overall health and well-being!
12 Major Factors Contribute to Unhealthy Weight
I developed a list of contributors to unhealthy weight based on my interactions with real children and teens who struggle with their weight. These commonalities ring true with many clients, and while individually, these contributors certainly have great impact, it is the combination of multiple factors that produce patterns and behaviors that support unhealthy weight in children.
Each week I will focus on one unhealthy weight contributor, so that you can focus on changing the factors that apply to you, one at a time.
The 12 Factors (in no particular order):
7. Not Enough Produce (Fruits & Vegetables)
11. Bad Habits Start Early (Sneaking, Hoarding, Skipping)
This series is not a replacement for the ongoing help, motivation, and monitoring your child will need if he/she is struggling with unhealthy weight and its complications. Seek the expertise of a Registered Dietitian (RD)–and if you are lucky enough to have an RD that specializes in pediatrics, go for it!
For more help and insight on raising healthy kids who live in a healthy body and who have a healthy relationship with food, check out my course, The Kids Healthy Weight Project (premium, self-study, and lite versions) or The Kids Healthy Weight Project Workbook.