Trying to help your supersized kid lose weight?
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.”