According to medical experts, many parents fall into the sugar trap, and, unknowingly contribute to their child’s weight problem…using everything from ice cream rewards to not reading food labels. “There are many different ways to say sugar, from high fructose corn syrup to molasses , avoid more of those kind of processed kinds of foods, and try to eat as much as you can more naturally. It’s not just about sugar, it’s about sugar, it’s about added fats, it’s about trans fats, it’s about big portions,” explains Dr. Altshuler.
Encourage physical activity, get them on the playground, downsize desserts, focus on fruit and vegetables, and rethink what your kids drink. “Everyone thinks juice is healthy, but, the issue is that you can drink a lot of calories in juice and it doesn’t fill you up, it doesn’t make you feel full the way you would feel full if you ate an apple. So water really is the best thing to drink, water and milk, and ah drink small amounts of juice a day,” says Dr. Altshuler.
To date, Mark has lost almost 40 pounds. “I can run better, I can walk better. I feel healthier,” says Mark. Keep junk food out of the house…stock up on fruits and vegetables…cut them into shapes, make letters, make eating healthy fun. Teach by example, your children will follow your lead if you are eating healthy and exercising.