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If you are the parent of an overweight child, you know that it is not easy to manage the day to day frustrations that your child may have. Here are some tips to help your child overcome this problem.

--Before doing anything, make sure you consult your pediatrician and make sure that there is no medical problem causing your child to gain weight. (certain medications, etc.)

--Try and examine your child's diet to see if he/she is consuming a high content of fat/calories.

-- If your child has a high fat diet, try and gradually reduce the fat intake. If you do it to drastically the child will likely rebel. Replace mayo with fat free, try yogurt instead of sour cream, frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. These are easy, initial steps to take.

--Does your child eat because they are bored?? Try and increase your childs activity level. Go for a walk or bike ride instead of sitting in front of the television or the computer.

--Get rid of the junk food. If your child is young, he/she will not be able to consume the food if you don"t purchase it.

--Model healthy eating. If you have a donut or cookie for breakfast your kid is going to want one also. Show them the proper way to good nutrition.

--Focus on the positive..not "oh, you lost 3 lbs", but rather, "wow, you are really starting to run fast."

--Keep in mind that the focus should always be on eating healthy to stay healthy, not for the way they look. You can explain to them that this is a nice benefit of eating healthy, but not the main goal. You don't want to set them up for future body image issues.

--Make healthy snacks available and appealing. How about veggie or fruit skewers dipped in yogurt? Or juice bars?? Healthy food does not have to be boring..use your imagination.

--Never use food as a reward. By saying, "if you eat all your veggies and fruit you can have a dessert" you are setting up in their mind that the veggies and fruit are bad and the dessert is the good reward.

GOOD LUCK!!