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Health Versus Healthy Body Image

healthy-kidsLeading a healthy lifestyle impacts every aspect of a child’s life from body image, mood, energy, and school performance. It’s important to not obsess over your child’s weight and talk negatively, as this could affect your children by making them feel insecure about themselves. There are five main ways to help your children develop body-positive attitudes and healthy behaviors:

1. Teaching What Healthy Eating Is and Isn’t
2. Making Food Fun
3. Becoming a Role Model
4. Putting Weight into Perspective
5. Taking Your Concerns to a Professional

Teaching What Healthy Eating Is and Isn’t

Teach your children that tracking every calorie, carb, or fat intake is not a form of healthy eating. This also makes mealtimes stressful and not fun for children. Teach your children to make healthy choices such as fresh fruits and vegetables over processed foods.

Making Food Fun

Food does not have to be bland and boring. Let your children help you in the kitchen, from food preparation to setting the table. Make your children feel involved with what they are putting on their plate. Additionally, make things fun for children by having one or two different themed dinners each week such as Taco Tuesdays or Junior Chef’s Night where the children prepare the meal (with adult supervision of course).

Becoming a Role Model

Children always look up to their parents and take notice of their parent’s habits. Be a great role model for your children by setting a good example for your children, especially in your eating habits. For instance, if you partake in “fad diets” then your children will think that is acceptable versus leading a healthy lifestyle.

Putting Weight into Perspective

Being a certain weight does not always correlate to being healthy. As each person is built differently, healthy looks different on each person. As long as your children are getting their fruits, vegetables and leading a healthy lifestyle with some sort of activeness, then that makes a child healthy versus a number on a scale.

Taking Your Concerns to a Professional

Last, but not least, if you are worried about your child’s weight or attitude about their body, talk to their healthcare provider.

Written by: Sharan Kaur, FizzNiche Staff Writer

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