In trying to come up with a possible solution to an issue like this, the children who are the ones heavily affected are not the only ones required to change their lifestyles, but their parents as well. I deem that having healthier children will not only prod fewer expenses medically for the parents because the health-related consequences of obesity are avoided but also it will foster a stronger bond for the family as well. It must decided in a family with children who are overweight that the parents have to start modifying the family’s lifestyle in order to help their children have better lives.
This will most likely involve that parents engage the whole family in physical activities during the weekends, perhaps swimming or jogging. By doing so, the parents are becoming a good example of how the children should spend their time instead of doing sedentary activities. Doing activities like this will also promote quality time and bonding between the parents and the children. The parents can also help their children by choosing to serve food at home instead of eating or ordering outside.
In addition, the parents should be able to serve nutritious food and not the fatty ones during meals inside the house. The parents could also make lunch packs for their children so that their kids would not purchase cafeteria food or vending machine food anymore. The parents can also help their children reduce weight by educating them on the possible effects of their conditions. The children trust their parent’s judgment and they would believe that it is in their parent’s best interest to help them in their weight reduction.
The three aforementioned solutions in helping children reduce their excess weights involve time and commitment for the parents. Sacrificing time that is most likely allotted for work shall be instead devoted to doing physical activities with their children, educating them on the proper food choices and the consequences of being overweight and obese, and in serving homemade, nutritious food for the whole family. It also entails that the parents seek help in doing these processes. They may make an appointment with their physicians, nurses, or nutritionists so that they can be guided accordingly.
The financial resources are also an issue in implementing these steps. Some families cannot sacrifice work time because they need more income and cannot sustain their family financially. While others have monetary problems in spending more for food instead of buying those instant ready to cook meals that are relatively cheaper than preparing and cooking a hole balanced meal. In deciding which interventions are best suited for the family to help the children reduce weight, it would be best to start gradually and not do all the planned steps at once.
If there are no financial constraints and the parents are able to sacrifice the weekends for the planned physical activities, then they can spend every weekend trying new sports and hobbies that can keep them busy and not just sit in front of the television the whole weekend. However, if their time cannot be sacrificed, then it could be suggested that the mother and the father take alternate shifts in keeping the children physically active. Also, is the family cannot afford changing the menu readily, it is suggested that they do it gradually.
The parents can change the menu one eating schedule at a time or alternate it every other day. By doing so, the budget can still be stretched to compensate for the other expenses. Educating their children with the consequences of their weight and the long-term effects that this may have in their overall wellbeing can be done without sacrificing time or money. Books about this topic or reading trusted websites and consultation with the nurse at the nearest health center can be done. Sharing the information with the children can be incorporated in daily activities such as a family dinner, or when bringing the children home from school.
These plans of action may not always be apt for every condition mentioned. Even after the successful implementation of some of the methods in helping children reduce weight, the parents may still need to modify depending on the need of their children and of theirs as well. The aforementioned plans of action have been based on the identified causes of obesity and while not all of these are applicable for each children, these steps can generally help foster bonding between parents and children and will try to determine which interventions are most helpful to the child. References:
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