Are you a Good Role Model?

25 04 2012

Jessica Peacock

So many parents in the program talk about making healthy decisions with the hopes of impacting their children. Well, a recent study by researchers at the University of California examined the effect of parent’s behaviors on their children’s weight loss. What they found was very interesting – the number one predictor of a child losing weight was the child’s parent also losing weight.

Liz Gilchrist

This is an important thing to consider, as around 31% of all children in the U.S. and 66% of adults are either overweight or obese.

If you have children and are concerned about their health and well-being, you can try to limit what they eat or encourage them to exercise more; but this study provides evidence that it will be more effective if you lead by example and show your kids how to do these things by doing them yourself.

Your children are always watching you. If you are talking the talk but not walking the walk, guess what? Your kids will know it! Kids are pretty smart at being able to call their parents out on the whole “do as I say, not as I do” idea and are probably less likely to eat well and exercise themselves if they don’t see their parents exhibiting these healthy behaviors.

So be a good role model for your children, and maybe help them lose a few pounds too! Create a healthy eating plan that the whole family can enjoy – one that is rich in fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Exercise as a family and spend time together by being active. By making time for your own health and weight loss, you will likely set the stage for your children to be healthier too. Even if your child or the children in your life are not struggling with this issue, your behavior can and will more than likely have a direct impact on them. The largest predictor for children’s healthy choices, are healthy choices being made by influential adults in their everyday lives.

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