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The Good Parenting Food Guide: Managing What Children Eat Without Making Food a Problem by Jane Ogden

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Overweight and obesity

Prevention and treatments

The previous chapter described being overweight or obese in terms of definitions, prevalence, consequences, and causes. It described how gaining weight relates to the changing environment and two key behaviors: overeating and becoming more sedentary. In addition, it highlighted the implications of excess weight for health both in childhood and in later life.
This chapter will cover being overweight and obese in terms of:
  • How can weight problems be prevented?
  • How can weight problems be treated?
Good parenting …
Being overweight is bad for a child's health and can make them a target for teasing, lower their self-esteem, and make it hard for them to keep up with their friends. It may also set them up for a lifetime of feeling fat and an ongoing struggle with their weight. Good parenting is about helping your child to develop an easy approach to food so that they don't over- or undereat. Then, hopefully, food can just be one of the many things they enjoy in their life without it becoming a problem.

How Can We Prevent Obesity?

Preventing obesity involves tackling the environment and working out ways to encourage people to eat less and become more active.

Changing the environment

A public health approach to obesity involves targeting populations and trying to change the obesogenic environment. Possible public health approaches include:

  • Advertising: Adverts for high-fat foods could contain health warnings or be restricted ...

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