Ready? Help your child get healthy now:
- Do as I do. Kids are often like a video camera with the sound off: They tune out what you say but watch everything you do. If you and your partner are obese, there's an 80% chance your kids will be, too. So ditch the junk and be a role model. These weight-loss tricks could help you both.
- Relax as you eat. Family meals should be fun. Playful conversation ("Hear any good jokes today?" "What superpower do you wish you had?") allows everyone to slow down and savor the meal, so the brain has time to signal that you're full before you overeat.
- Make life a playground. Pumping up activity is critical to losing weight. Turn off the TV and get the whole family outside for a game of touch football (there's a reason the Kennedy clan stayed thin) or a walk around the block.