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Weight loss programs of child obesity

Unfortunately recent years have seen a high incidence of child obesity and it is becoming a cause of concern for parents. As children are in their developing stage they have to be given diets that do not hamper their growth yet help them loose weight. The other diets that are famous for adults are not suitable for kids as it may leave the child with deficiencies and restrict healthy growth.

As a parent firstly learn to identify that your child is obese. Every parent finds a chubby child “cute” but is it really as harmless as you think it is? Don’t put off the weight loss program for your child merely hoping that the fat will disappear. It wont and would bring with it a number of health problems too. Did you know that child obesity can cause heart diseases, musculoskeletal problems, diabetes, and asthma and in some cases may even be the precursor for cancer? Apart from the health related problems what about the psychological problems your child would grow with thanks to his obese body?

Fat people are unfortunately the favorite butt of all jokes. Unfortunately for obese children they get ridiculed amongst their peers at school and play which can be very discomforting for the psychology of the child. It hampers their self worth and may bring in with itself a self imposed hatred or self pity. It may make them aggressive, nasty, bad-tempered, and sadistic or may make them introverts and complex adults with serious psychological problems.  As a parent it is your duty to address the issue without any delay and jump into action at the very first indication that your child is bordering on obesity. So what are the options you have as a parent who wants their child to lose weight?

Before you start any weight loss program for your child study his whole day’s activity and plan where all you can “add” activities that induce physical labor. Activities like cycling, swimming, jogging, brisk walking are excellent options for children. Not only do they help in weight loss but they also help in the muscular development of the child. Depending on the choice of your child you may enroll him in a hobby class for games like basketball, football, cricket, baseball or any game that involves running and lots of physical strain. The idea is to “burn” the fat naturally to make the child leaner and fit.

Along with the above activities study the diet chart of the child. As he is still in his growing years it is not wise to restrict the diet. Hence give the child a balanced diet that has enough proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and good fats. Do not try to remove the fats and carbohydrates from a child’s diet as they are very essential for his complete nutrition and energy requirements. Cut down on empty calories and junk food and shift to natural foods high in fiber. Do not even think of giving your child any weight loss drugs. A child’s body is flexible enough to lose weight quickly as long as you employ the right means to do so.