As children mature, their weight condition is a stronger predictor of adult obesity. 100% 50% 0% Age 6 Age 12 Age 21 Years Parent’s Weight Child’s Weight 80% of overweight 12 year olds will become obese adults.
The Ultimate Parent Tip Stop nagging. Praise children who select healthy snacks. Ignore unhealthy nutrition and re-direct. Offer choices, “Do you want strawberries, carrots or melon for your snack.” Sothern, et al, Trim Kids, 2001
What if the Parents say: You know, I’m big, my momma was big, my grandma was big…..We’re just big people. Sothern, et al, Trim Kids, 2001
Parent Tip Even if your child is genetically designed to be overweight, his or her environment can be adjusted to combat this predisposition. Your child may become chubby even with adjustments. He or she does not have to be doomed to a life of ill health. Weight management is the key. Sothern, et al, Trim Kids, 2001
30 Minute Rule Research indicates that after 30 minutes of mental work the ability to concentrate begins to decline. Sitting burns only 33-50 calories per hour.