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Positive messages help kids learn about diet and exercise

The Oakland Press – Grace Derocha

“In a country where one third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese, parents have a tough job. Maintaining a child’s self-esteem can be tricky when a parent is trying to enforce a healthy relationship with food and exercise. But there are ways to encourage an active lifestyle without promoting unhealthy habits. Excess weight can lead to health problems such as asthma, joint pain, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Overweight children also may experience teasing, bullying and depression. Instead of focusing on weight loss, engage in discussions of healthy eating and physical activity. Emphasize the positive effects of an active lifestyle, such as increased energy, improved mood and focused thoughts.”(more)

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