Healthy eating and weight management for kids

by HealthyBeings on August 1, 2010

Did you know that weight problems among children in Australia are increasing? At least 1 in 4 school-aged children are now overweight or obese!

As a parent the best thing you can do for your overweight/obese child is to address the problem and have your child’s weight assessed by a GP or dietitian.

Research shows that many parents do not recognise their child is overweight or obese or tend to think their child will grow out of it. Unfortunately this is not the case and evidence suggests that most overweight/obese children go on to be overweight/obese adults.

Overweight and obese children have an increased risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease if their weight is not managed early on.

A range of issues contribute to childhood obesity which can be addressed by the family to help the overweight/obese child. Parents are encouraged to be positive role models for their family through learning healthy food behaviors and the importance of daily physical activity.

The Healthy Beings – Family Nutrition Plan is for adults and children. The aim of this program is for parents and children to form a healthy relationship with food and to be confident in their food choices so that obesity does not carry on in to adulthood with the development of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Cooking classes are also available and encourage children to form a positive relationship with food and at the same time learn how to make healthy food taste delicious!

Session 1 – what’s my role (for parents)

  • Eating behaviours
  • Meal times
  • Lunch boxes
  • Snacks
  • Fluids
  • Screen time
  • Weekends
  • Take away
  • Exercise

Session 2 – (for the child only)

  • Assessment of height and weight
  • Eating behaviours
  • Meal times
  • Lunch boxes
  • Snacks
  • Fluids
  • Screen time
  • Weekends
  • Take away
  • Exercise

Session 3 – Parents and child

  • What to look for on food labels
  • Where is fat in foods?
  • Healthy eating and healthy behaviours checklist for parents
  • Healthy eating and healthy behaviours checklist for kids

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