- A "diet" for weight loss is not recommended for children. In fact, if you have read Why Diets Fail, you know that so-called "diets" aren't really good for anyone.
With a "diet", withholding food may make your child always think about food and cause overeating when food is available. Dieting can also create a fear of going hungry that results in sneaking or hiding food.
Healthy eating means offering kids meals that include a variety of foods like whole grains, lean meats, vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy products. Even sweets in moderation, can have a place in a healthy diet.
Working with your child's healthy diet includes knowing if your child is at a healthy weight.
- Healthy Weight? Is your child at a healthy weight?
- Being Teased Is your child being teased or bullied because of his or her size? All children deserve safe and supportive environments and to be treated fairly and with respect.
- Family Acceptance A child who is overweight or underweight needs support, acceptance and encouragement from the family.