Obesity in Kids Is an Epidemic Problem. Here are 6 Healthy Eating Tips for Parents

Available for Interviews: Dr. Franchell Hamilton

Dr. Franchell Hamilton, MD, FACS, FASMBS, FOMA is the Founder of NeuroSwitch™ Weight Loss. Dr. Hamiltion is also the author of two books, Transformation Is a Mindset: The Journey to Changing Your Input and Your World and And the Best Diet Is . . . .

What Dr. Hamilton can say in an Interview on
Obesity & Kids:

    • During the pandemic, the national rate of obesity among kids ages 2 to 19 increased to 22.4% in 2020, up from 19.3% in 2019.
    • In the U.S., childhood obesity alone is estimated to cost $14 billion annually in direct health expenses.
    • Caused by eating more processed foods and less physical activity as well as socioeconomic differences.
    • Bariatric surgery is becoming more prevalent and a standard in the pediatric population.
    • Better nutrition and increased physical activity with parental support remain a must.
    • https://stateofchildhoodobesity.org/data/cdc.gov

6 Healthy Eating Habits for Children

    1. Get kids involved in meal planning or preparation. Have them cook with you and try to cook and eat at home most of the time. I have kids ranging from 4-college, and I have them help me cook at times and they help fix their own lunches. Even my 4-year-old help decide on his lunch and he understands he has to have fruit but he can also have a treat—it is all about balance. I have them eat their fruit first along with the other lunch, then they can have a small treat like fruit snacks or a piece of chocolate. Have them cook their other favorite desserts like brownies or cookies so their diets are not overly restrictive while also encouraging balance.
    2. Overly restrictive diets or shaming kids and teens for eating “too much” can harm them. It affects their psyche. They automatically will feel different like they are not like their friends and blame themselves as though something is wrong with them. This thought process can lead to depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem into adulthood, as well as obesity.
    3. Regular mealtimes with the family can benefit kids and teens. Regular meals and even snack times help regulate their hunger control centers and ensure that kids are not eating too much by snacking throughout the day or eating too little by waiting and only having one meal. Doing this with family helps kids feel great because everyone is doing it and can help with family bonding.
    4. Offer greater independence. Have them choose their snacks, and as they get older, have them make their own lunches while being sure to always keep healthy options in the house—that way they choose which healthy option they want, and it gives them a greater feeling of independence.
    5. What parents can do if they notice their kids seem to want to eat when bored or feeling sad. Help them find healthier ways to cope. It is a great learning opportunity to help them identify why they are sad or bored and find other things they can do. It is much better to identify this as a kid or teen rather than adulthood when it becomes much more difficult to treat.
    6. Consider gardening! Encourage them to help plant and pick the vegetables, making it a fun activity while learning.

Kids understand at an early age, so try and ask questions to first understand their eating habits before addressing them. Ask if they are truly hungry when they eat or overeat or if are they bored. If boredom is the culprit, help them find other activities to occupy themselves. If they say they are hungry then provide them with fuller, healthier options and let them know that if they want to eat more they can choose from say, grapes or apples, for example, but let them choose. Do not give junk food as an option when they start having poor eating habits, only healthier options. Be sure you incorporate as much play time i.e. exercise as you can and be sure they are not overeating on junk and just playing video games or watching TV. It is okay to tell them why you are concerned and give them these options as long as communicate at their age level. If they ask why they have to eat so many vegetables, let them know it is because you want them to be strong and healthy and only want the best for them. Do not make it about weight but more about health and how that is such an important asset to have in life.

 

Interview: Dr. Franchell Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton is a Triads Award-Winning, Board Certified Surgeon, who gave up operating on the stomach to operating on the mind to treat chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. She is the author of two books, Transformation is a mindset: The Journey to Changing Your Input and Your World and And the Best Diet Is . . . , and now educates other providers around the world on what she discovered in her practice through her master class.

Dr. Hamilton is passionate about helping to change the lives of those she meets through practicing medicine and consulting. As a once-practicing bariatric surgeon, Dr. Hamilton has firsthand experience addressing the challenges and pain points of patients being treated for cardiometabolic diseases. She founded NeuroSwitch™ Weight Loss. Dr. Hamilton’s weight loss (better health) system reaches communities where they are and has changed the practice of medicine. In addressing the neuroscience behind weight regain, Dr. Hamilton was able to better provide a treatment plan for each patient that not only addresses their disease but also the root cause and methods to prevent it from recurring.

She now also trains other providers using the NeuroSwitch program and how to implement it in their practice. She uses her book, Transformation is a Mind-Set, the journey to changing your input and your world, as a guide to help thousands struggling with unhealthy strongholds in their life find the root of the problem. In her book, she then teaches how to change the brain and overcome.

Dr. Hamilton is also a podcast host on Your Health Transformed which discusses a variety of popular and innovative health topics to challenge our current way of thinking about medicine.

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