Try­ing to help your su­per­sized kid lose weight?

Young Parents (Singapore) - - Recipes -

Get the whole fam­ily in­volved

Weight man­age­ment is a com­plex process, and there are no quick fixes. “We all wish there’s a magic pill that can cause weight loss but no, we don’t rec­om­mend weight loss sup­ple­ments,” Dr Lim says.

“For a child to eat healthily and ex­er­cise reg­u­larly, the child and his fam­ily must have the ap­pro­pri­ate knowl­edge to know what food/ bev­er­age is healthy and the kind of ex­er­cise to do,” she adds.

“Ap­ply­ing that knowl­edge is an­other big chal­lenge. That will re­quire the fam­ily to be the role model and great mo­ti­va­tion on the child’s part.”

How­ever, the most im­por­tant thing par­ents must do is to take care of the child’s men­tal health while help­ing him lose ex­cess weight.

“Al­ways be pos­i­tive and nur­tur­ing, give con­struc­tive feed­back and praise when baby steps are achieved,”

Dr Lim says.

“Say­ing neg­a­tive words to the child may cause him to have poor self-es­teem, which will neg­a­tively im­pact mo­ti­va­tion.”

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