Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Changes to eating habits

To achieve lasting effects, the whole family attitudes and habits towards food and exercise need to change.

Try to set a good example with your own eating habits.

Provide meals and snacks at regular times to prevent "grazing" throughout the day.
Don't allow your children to eat while watching TV or doing homework.

Make mealtimes an occasion by eating as a family group as often as possible.

Encourage children to 'listen to their tummies' and eat when they are hungry rather than out of habit.

Teach children to chew food more slowly and savour the food, as they will feel fuller more quickly and be less likely to overeat at mealtimes.

Don't keep lots of high-fat, high-sugar snack foods in the house.

Don't make outings for fast foods part of the weekly routine.

Try to get your children involved in preparing food as this will make them more aware of what they are eating.



Changes to eating habits



At July 3, 2007 at 7:03 AM , Blogger Josh said...

I agree that eating habits are most important when it comes to children losing weight. Physical activity is needed for general health and can aid in weight loss and especially in the maintenance of weight once it is lost. But nutrition is so important given the fact that one hamburger, french fries, and a soft drink have as many calories as most children will burn in 1-2 hours of exercise and play.


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