Help your child fight the bulge.
While some teenagers are extremely figure-conscious, others cannot care less, and few others are constantly battling with their excess weight. They start with rigorous physical exercises, but give them up very soon. What role can parents play in this battle with the bulge?
Don't tease your child
The worst thing you can do is to make fun of your teen, especially in public. Don't ever laugh at your teen or call him or her names like chubby or fatty, even if the teenager takes it sportingly. Parents should show sensitivity towards their teenager's weight problem. If your daughter does not want to wear the swimsuit for obvious reasons, do not push the point too far.
Be a role model
The schedule followed by parents can set a precedent for children. A pro-active constructive lifestyle of parents can inspire a teenager to exercise regularly. For instance, if the mother is in the habit of walking after dinner, children will also be less inclined towards lazing around or constantly watching television. Therefore set a family tradition of physical exercise. Pay importance to maintaining physical fitness.
Don't put your teen on a crash diet without previous consultation with your doctor. You should cut down on sweets, but let the restrictions be relaxed once in a while. Let your teenager gradually understand responsibility of a balanced diet. Don't make a big deal out of it. Try and be as subtle about dietary restrictions as possible. For instance, substitute full cream milk with low fat milk. Don't give too many fried munching items. It is unfair to serve rich and fatty foods for the rest of the family and then expect your teenager to skip it. Do not tempt your teenager unnecessarily.
Encourage sports and outdoor games
Encourage your teenager to play different types of sports. If time and resources permit, get a membership in a gymnasium club. Never let the child leave the club course incomplete. Make him or her realize the value of the gymnasium fees.