If you discover that your child is overweight and you think this could be affecting their health, it is time to take action. In order to do so you will need to have a comprehensive approach that takes into account everything that could be affecting your child. Pay attention to their eating plan and make sure that the food environment in which your child lives is always a healthy one, as well as their family, school and overall life in the wider community. Is there only a problem with their dietary habits or are there other hidden factors? What steps should we take?
- Begin by helping them lose body fat in healthy ways without jeapardizing their development and growth.
- Make sure that their body fat is not causing other complications such as dyslipidemia, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or joint problems, among others.
- Pay particular attention to any changes in their eating habits, such as excessive concern over their body image, emotional or compulsive eating, or following very restrictive diets that are not supervised by a professional.
- Be aware of any problems in their emotional relationships with family members and peers, as well as any depressive or anxious moods.