Help an Overweight Child
By Catherine Holecko, About.com Guide
- Understand the Condition
- Ways to Encourage More Exercise
- How to Change Your Family's Diet
- Self-Esteem Boosters
Understand the Condition
What do "overweight" and "obese" really mean? Find out how childhood obesity is defined and diagnosed, what its risks are, and how to calculate your child's body-mass index using simple online tools.
- Is Your Child Overweight or Obese?
- Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity
- Body-Mass Index (BMI) Calculator
- 4 Childhood Obesity Myths
- 10 Terms to Know About Children and Obesity
- Understanding Growth Charts
- Ideal Body Weight Calculator
- What Are the Risks of Childhood Obesity?
- Weight Loss Goals for Kids
- Readers Respond: What Happens After an Obesity Diagnosis
- Childhood Obesity Statistics
- Prevent and Treat Childhood Obesity
- Preventing Obesity: Start Young
Ways to Encourage More Exercise
For weight loss or maintenance, heart health, mental health, and so many more reasons, it's essential for kids (and adults too!) to get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Try these strategies to boost your child's fitness profile.
- Kids' Fitness for the Reluctant Child
- Teach the Importance of Activity
- Forget Exercise, Have Fun!
- The Best Sports for Kids
- How to Choose a Kids' Sports Program
- 9 Secrets of Active Families
- Homemade Fitness Equipment and Toys
- Best Kids' Toys for Active Play
- Start a Simple Family Fitness Plan
- Create a Family Fitness Challenge
- 10 Ways to Make Fitness More Fun
- 22 Playful, Physical Outdoor Activities
- 12 Rainy Day Activities
- Take a Hike: Find a Trail Finder
- Should You Buy a Wii?
- Reader Story: How We Cut TV Time
- Review: Couch to 5K Running Program App
How to Change Your Family's Diet
Tweak your family's eating habits to add more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and you'll be well on your way to weight loss and better health. If kids are resistant, start slow, with small substitutions; work your way up to bigger changes.
- 10 Lifestyle Changes to Make First
- Healthy Snacks for Kids and Families
- Healthy Grocery Shopping List
- Understand Portion Control
- 20 Ways to Cut Fat in Cooking
- Common Tween-Age Nutrition Mistakes
- Improve Kids' School Lunches
- Pack Healthy School Lunches
- Teen Diet Makeover
- Why Kids Need Water
- Readers Respond: Tips for Family Weight Loss
- Review: The Great Food Race Game
- Review: Lose It! Food Tracker App
- Reader Story: Learning to Love Low-Cholesterol Meals
- Book Review: Weight Watchers Eat! Move! Play!
Children and teens who are overweight may suffer from low self-esteem. Along with helping them lose weight with sensitivity, it's important to help them feel better about themselves, no matter their size or fitness level.
- Self-Esteem Help for Your Overweight Child
- Self-Esteem Screening Quiz
- How to Talk About Weight and Health
- Help Teens and Tweens Feel Good About Their Bodies