Rapid fat loss: healthy weight loss for children

Looking for a diet program that offers healthy weight loss for children? We read articles almost every day about the growing problems of obesity in America. Many diets often turn to Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet and weight loss pills such as Xenical (which has recently been approved for overweight teens). Most of these diets are simply not good options for overweight children.

Everyone knows the quick answer… Diet and exercise!

It is more than obvious that a good diet and lots of exercise are the answers to healthy weight loss. There is no need for new research to understand why obesity is on the rise. It is not just portion sizes, fast food or increased inactivity that are causing more and more children and adults to be overweight.

The real issue is how to motivate our children to eat healthy and get plenty of exercise. The other issue is how to keep them motivated over the long term.

Healthy weight loss for children should start at home by educating children about healthy eating and daily exercise.

Our schools can reinforce healthy weight loss for children by eliminating soft drinks and sugary fruit drinks. The school can provide children with healthy cafeteria meals and daily exercise. Schools can also help with children’s education, as many parents don’t seem to know how to eat healthy and exercise. Education is the most important part of any health program and will hopefully motivate everyone to lose weight in a healthy way.

In Texas, a law was recently passed that requires schools to screen students for acanthosis nigricans, a light brown or black velvety, rough or thickened area on the surface of the skin. This disease can often be identified as Type II diabetes. But the law does nothing to educate these children and provide them with the information they need to adopt healthy eating habits and daily exercise, especially for students who have been identified as having type II diabetes.

Schools can help educate children about healthy weight loss:

  1. by imposing stricter requirements for daily physical education.
  2. By offering only healthy food and beverages in the cafeteria.
  3. Making fitness equipment available to all students, not just sports teams.
  4. Increasing the number of recreational sports for children who do not really want to participate in a competitive team sport.

Helping children achieve a healthy weight and avoid being overweight by exercising regularly can help them develop good habits that will hopefully last into adulthood.