Weight Matters with Overweight Children

Wellness Wednesday Content provided by our partner Dr. Martin Fried ~

One to three children in the US are overweight or obese. “Am I fat?” is a question no parent wants to hear, but needs to be able to answer in a non judgemental way. Dr Fried says “Parents need to lead by example. The entire family needs to eat right and be more active”.

Remember that what you say isn’t as important as what you do.

If the entire house is filled with healthy meals and snacks, then it becomes the norm for everyone to eat well. No one is singled out. It also helps to turn off the TV. The more you watch, the more likely you are to gain excess weight. Try for less than one to two hours a day.

Dr. Martin Fried offers these tips to help your child achieve a healthier weight:

1-Get moving- the simple act of walking can burn calories and put you on the road to being more active. Take the stairs or take a walk after dinner.    Martial arts, biking, renting exercise DVDs, choose something that you feel you or your child can stick to.

2-Ditch the soda. Substitute water for Sugary soda and sport drinks and you can lose up to a pound a month. 

3-Learn to take care of emotional needs without turning to food. People often use food to fill a void or seek comfort. It creates a vicious cycle.

4-Enforce bedtime since not enough sleep increases your appetite.

5-Focus on small smart changes and the results will follow.

Remember, weight loss and a healthy lifestyle is a process- it doesn’t happen overnight.

Call 732 -682- 3425 to contact Dr Fried if your child is overweight and you are looking for a solution to help because weight does matter. Dr. Fried is a gastroenterologist in Ocean, New Jersey who combines the practice of medicine with a specialization in nutrition.  He is one of only 300 doctors across the country who specializes in this area of medicine. As a Physician Nutrition Specialist, Dr. Fried brings a unique point of view to his patients because his training and his approach is more comprehensive than traditional primary care physicians.

“Your health and wellness is my primary concern,”  Martin D. Fried, MD 


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