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My Child is Overweight, Now What? Weight Loss Tips for Kids

Parents, have you ever said “My child is overweight, now what?” Certified Personal Trainers offers weight loss tips for your kids to help them achieve a well balanced life. American children waistlines are growing exponentially; growing so much, that the rates of overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions.  Research has shown that the main causes of childhood obesity are lack of physical activity and high fat and high sugar diets.  Helping children achieve a healthier weight is more about teaching them how to incorporate appropriate exercises and eating patterns.

Healthy eating patterns should be encouraged before, during and after school.  The importance of eating a healthy breakfast should be stressed.  A good breakfast to start the day is scrambled eggs, 1 slice of turkey bacon, 1 slice of wheat toast and 8oz. of water or freshly squeezed juice.  Make it a habit to pack lunches.  Many schools are trying to provide healthy lunch options. However, to be on the safe side, pack a healthy sandwich, a piece of fruit, and sugar-free pudding as a guilt free dessert. After school, children are often tempted to eat fast food or other high fat processed foods.  Replace the salty, sugary snacks in the house with better alternatives like light popcorn, fruits, baked sweet potato fries, peanut butter sandwiches or yogurt.  Children should participate in the dinner preparation.  They will be more likely to try new foods and better adopt healthy eating patterns.

After school and on weekends limit TV, video game and computer time.  Find physical activities that your children enjoy.  If they like the activity, the more likely they will keep it up.  They will also likely be to continue if they record each time they are active for 60 minutes.  Remember physical activity can include playing sports, dancing, jumping rope, and swimming.  Before starting any physical activity, make sure the children warm-up.  This should be about 5 minutes of light activity. Parents should also ensure that their children cool down and stretch to prevent injury.  Strength training using weights should be under close supervision of a trained fitness professional.   Not all fitness professionals can safely work with children. Be sure to ask a lot of questions before you get started and monitor the first couple of sessions.

Parents, offer constant verbal support to their children and set an example for them to follow.  Children are more likely to adopt healthy behaviors if they see their parents eating healthy and exercising. Go on family walks, play catch in the yard. It just may help their kids live a long and healthy life.

If you no longer want to say “My child is overweight”, then call 678-713-4863 to speak with one of our trainers today for our kids weight loss program. Certified Personal Trainer provides healthy nutritional & fitness advice one session at a time. They are a premiere full service Atlanta personal training team, specializing in providing a customized fitness program to fit all fitness needs. Their courteous and professional staff has served Atlanta women, men and children  for over 10 years, with results worth boasting about.


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