How To Motivate An Obese Child To Be Active And Lose Weight
Motivating an obese child starts with having a role model for them to be inspired by and look up to. And who's better for the job than a child's own parents? Before you start to encourage an obese child to be active and lose weight, the initial step would be to make your child realize the complications of being obese.
There might be a challenge of making him understand it, especially if health issues are not on his level of comprehension yet. The trick here is to make the explanation plain and simple, and use words that will make him easily understand the implications of his obesity. For instance, instead of saying “you will have coronary heart diseases”, you might want to say “you heart easily gets tired because of your weight” instead.
As a parent, be with him and guide him in his battle of obesity. Perform the things you suggest him to do. If it takes an hour everyday to jog around the block to lose weight, then jog with him. If it means he has to cut a huge portion of what he eats, then cut a portion of your food as well.
Be his model. If he sees that he is not alone in the battle and has a buddy in losing weight, he will pursue it. It would definitely help if you incorporate fun and excitement in these activities
With the existence of gadgets and video games, it would be hard to convince him to go outdoors. So think of ways that would entice him to go out and be active instead of just playing Candy Crush at home. Introduce him to the basic and traditional games that involve a lot of moving and these activities would surely motivate him to go out.
Go biking in the woods, play kickball with the kids in the neighbourhood, go skating in the park, or simply run in the streets. At home, encourage him to move as well, like do jumping rope while watching TV or dance to the upbeat music on the radio. Remember, a ten minute movement is still better than a ten minute of doing nothing.
Every movement he makes contributes to losing weight. And if done on a regular basis and with you on his side all throughout, he will soon find engaging into activities easy and fun until he gets used to it.
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