There are many ways that adults can help children and teens
develop a healthy approach to food and exercise.
Avoid punishing or rewarding your children with
Be a good role model for healthy eating and
Be a good role model by having a positive view of
yourself, regardless of your body shape and size. (If this is a struggle of
your own, stick to positive self-talk, especially around kids and
Examine your own thoughts about food and your weight, body,
and shape. Are you always on a diet? Do you get upset or anxious if you miss a workout? Remember you are a powerful role model for your child.
Avoid judging other people's weight and size in front of
your child or teen.
Do not tease or criticize your child about his
or her weight or shape.
Avoid encouraging a young person to lose
weight. Express love and concern for your child or teen, regardless of his or
her weight. If you are worried about your child's health, ask your child's
doctor to advise you and your child together.
Talk with the teen
who wants to diet. Find out why the teen thinks he or she should diet, what his
or her weight goal is, and how the teen wants to lose weight. If a teen is
overweight, have him or her talk with a health professional who can give advice
about how to diet safely.