Sunday, November 06, 2011

Health Tips for November 6

Health Tip: Creating a Healthy Body Image

Eating disorders can lead to unhealthy eating habits, and in extreme, can trigger a dangerous drop in weight.

Cultivating a healthy body image in your teen can be key to preventing an eating disorder. Here are some suggestions:
  • Teach your child to respect herself -- both her physical and non-physical attributes.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of being herself, and why it's unrealistic to look like models pictured in magazines.
  • Don't focus on food, calories and weight. Make sure your child doesn't obsess over it either.
  • Try to teach her the importance of a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition, not dieting.
  • Make meals a positive experience, and focus on the physical and mental benefits of a healthy diet.
  • Teach your child not to deal with stress or emotions by using food.
Health Tip: Feeding Picky Eaters

Many children are finicky about what they'll eat. If you're attempting to coax a picky eater to try more foods, follow these suggestions:
  • Give your child a variety of foods to choose from, including a fruit, vegetable, protein and starch. Don't only offer foods you know your child will eat.
  • Don't give your child too many high-calorie drinks, which could fill her up and keep her from wanting to eat.
  • Stick to a meal schedule, so that your child will be hungry at mealtime.
  • Keep meals pleasant, in an environment free of TV, argument or stressful conversation.
  • If your child won't eat, don't prepare a different meal just to satisfy her. She'll have another opportunity to eat at her next meal in a few hours.
  • Continue offering your child foods that she has once refused. Her eating habits may change.

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