Sunday, March 25, 2012

Vogue Mother's Child Weight Loss Contreversy

Mother Dara-Lynn Weiss has made quite a splash with her article in the April issue of Vogue, in which she talks about her efforts to help her daughter Bea lose weight before a photo shoot. Bea, age 7, was obese according to her pediatrician at  4'4" and 93 pounds.
Unfortunately, this is a prognosis that has become common in the modern world. But what really outraged readers was her methods. "I once reproachfully deprived Bea of her dinner after learning that her observation of French Heritage Day at school involved nearly 800 calories of Brie, filet mignon, baguette, and chocolate," she wrote. "I stopped letting her enjoy Pizza Fridays when she admitted to adding a corn salad as a side dish one week. I dressed down a Starbucks barista when he professed ignorance of the nutrition content of the kids' hot chocolate whose calories are listed as '120-210' on the menu board: Well, which is it? When he couldn't provide an answer, I dramatically grabbed the drink out of my daughter's hands, poured it into the garbage, and stormed out."

After a year, Bea did lose 16 pounds, which was Dara-Lynn's goal for her before the scheduled Vogue photo shoot. However, was the weight loss worth all of the pressure she put on her daughter for a full year? Extreme weight loss measures can have damaging consequences for adults, and even more for children. Weight loss is never easy, but it is a process that should be approached delicately with children. Encourage them to eat healthy foods by serving them up at home. Don't give harsh punishments if your kids eat unhealthy foods. Instead discuss with them how unhealthy foods impact their lives. And let them know that junk food is okay sometimes, but not all the time. Also, make exercise a regular part of your child's life by going for walks with them and playing games. There are lots of exercise ideas for kids, including sports, DVDs, dance video games, and kids exercise CDs

You don't have to put your child on a stringent regimen to help them loose weight. Making it fun and reasonable will help your child to develop healthy ideas about their bodies and fitness in the long run.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Achieving Weight Loss For Children

The many news headlines and stories these days about child obesity make for a frightening read. Weight loss for children is definitely a sensitive subject, but it’s still an important issue to deal with since many overweight kids will grow up to become obese, overweight adults with high risk of life threatening and life limiting diseases that lead to a shorter life expectancy.

The average kid growing up in the 21st century leads a sedentary lifestyle. Besides making sensible food choices, another good step in getting your child fit is to get them away from all those computer, television, and video game screens. So what else can be done to encourage our kids to be active on a daily basis so that they can achieve weight loss?

First of all, it’s important to consider that kids have different lifestyle and dietary needs than adults. After all, kids are still developing and need a nutritious diet with a good balance of nutritional value to make sure that they grow up healthily. Considering this, it is necessary to discuss any child’s weight loss diet with a dietician or physician. There is no point in avoiding one set of illnesses if we your child’s lifestyle will only encourage another illness--in this case--the ones based on the nutritional deficiency.

While a parent can’t possibly control everything their child eats, they can at least encourage them to develop healthy eating habits by emphasizing the significance of nutrition while providing them with nutritious and tasty food at home. These may include treats such as dried fruit, low sugar granola bars, fruit salad, and trail mix so that your kids don't feel that they are missing out on foods that their parents enjoy. 

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Your doctor or dietician or can talk to you about the calories requirements of a growing child, and can also recommend activities that can help your kids to lose weight. Parents should choose exercises and activities that the entire family can do together, so that it becomes a fun activity for the sake of weight loss for children. You can make your get up and kids move by going for a daily family walk, perhaps with your family dog. Exercises should become a part of a daily routine in a home. They should be done in such a way that child enjoys it and does not see it as a task.

You can help your kids in achieving weight loss in a less painful way by helping them in making sensible food choices. Today many kids enjoy eating fast food on a regular basis, as it has become a part of their lifestyle. However, these foods are full of unnecessary calories and fat. Not only that, but kids can easily get addicted to eating highly salty, sugary and flavored foods. Because of this, they can easily reject bland vegetables or grilled chicken. Weight loss for children can be achieved if you can reduce their fast food intake to once a week, and then slowly work towards limiting such treats to once a month.   

As a parent, being overly strict with exercise or diet routines can do more harm than good. A better approach would be to introduce new ideas in a gradual way. You should also involve your kids in planning and decision making to get the desired results in a much more effective way.