Some obese parents not only suffer in the flesh from this medical condition but also see how their children are affected every day. Why? A series of studies has determined that most obese children come from a home where the relationship with food is not fostered in a healthy way.
However, if an overweight parent decides to start an exercise routine and lose a few pounds, their obese child will, too. The magazine Obesity published a study that determined that the best tool a father has for his son to lose weight is to lead by example. If the father lost weight, changed his eating habits and had more physical activity, the minor would also do it.
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Likewise, Kerri Boutelle, associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry, at the University of California, San Diego, where the study was conducted, warned that parents are the best model of a child. "They serve as the first and foremost teachers … They play a significant role in any weight loss program for children, and this study confirms the importance of their example in establishing healthy eating and exercise behaviors for their children," he said..
If you or your child is overweight, talk to your doctor about healthy alternatives to lose those extra pounds. Start making small changes and you will see the results.