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how to teach kids about obesity

this is a loaded question. What is the ideal mix?

Fri. Oct 19, 10:45am

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I don't think we should teach kids about weight. I think we should teach our kids how to eat healthy, stressing whole grains, vegetables, limiting junk etc... for a healthy lifestyle. Encourage our kids to be active and participate in sports or some physical activity. If they are doing both of those things you can feel confident telling them to love their body just the way it is.

Friday, October 19, 2007, 10:46 AM

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teach by example

monkey see, monkey do. cook properly for yourself, get yourself outside, get yourself into the gym, compliment yourself in their earshot and play with them.

Friday, October 19, 2007, 10:48 AM

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previous posters have hit it on their head. As far as teaching, it's always better to teach about what you should do, not what you shouldn't do. Focus on positive, active behavior as opposed to negative/passive behavior.

And I'd like to think that I'm proof that just because parents are obese, doesn't mean their chld will be. Both my parents are around the 300lb mark- they couldn't play sports with me, but they could swim with me. And I played interschool sports and ate a balanced diet just like they did. I'm not skinny, but my doc says my weight is perfectly healthy, and the boys like the curves...

Friday, October 19, 2007, 1:24 PM

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I would have to agree. The best way to get kids to eat good healthy food is to fix it. You tend to want what you are familiar with. I don't see a problem with something like birthday cake for instance but on normal days snacks ought to be fruit or popcorn or even veggies. I am with a year and a half old all the time and his favorite food is an apple. Because I like apples. I am so glad that I have changed my eating habbits before he is old enough to pick up on the negative. I wish I had wanted the good stuff when I was a kid.
As the age is appropriate I don't see any reason not to also teach them why we eat the foods we eat. Different nutrients and such.
They will learn in school I am sure what over eating does to the body.
People are so much more health conscious than when I was raised.
And as far as exercise is concerned do what you can. Lead by example. And if they don't like one type of sport keep trying. I hated sports but loved volleyball. Or going for a walk with someone you love. Make it routine and it will stay that way.
Good luck.

Friday, October 19, 2007, 3:01 PM

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This is the 10:45 poster again. I just wanted to comment to 3:01 that he/she is very right. My daughter is 2 1/2 and people comment all the time on her diet. I think it's just cause she's sees my husband and I eating this stuff but her absolute favorite food is a lettuce salad. I'm not exagerating she will get the bag of bag lettuce and beg for some, we go to Olive Garden and she eats salad after salad and hardly touches her mac and cheese. She likes her salad best with lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and a little shredded cheese no dressing. She also begs for apples, bananas, grapes, etc. I know people who say your kids don't eat veggies but my kids never even think to fight about veggies, the veggies (green beans, peas, corn, asparagus, carrots) are often their favorite part of the meal.

Friday, October 19, 2007, 3:48 PM

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