Six - Step Healthy Rescue Plan: How YOU Can Help Your Child
The Six = Step Healthy Rescue Plan will start you on the path to rescuing
the emotional life of an overweight child. Whenever you meet resistance or setbacks as you move
down this healthy path, keep this in mind.
Here are the six steps of the Rescue Plan:
1. Be a coach, instead of a judge.
2. Go for the goal.
3. Recruit additional support.
4. Design a nutritional plan.
5. Organize an exercise effort.
6. Celebrate strengths.
BE A COACH, INSTEAD OF A JUDGE
If your child is to embark on the goal of attaining a healthy lifestyle, she/he will have to view
you as a coach rather than a judge. The first order of coaching is communication with your
overweight child. You will need to be empathic and form an alliance with her/ him in order
to reach her/him effectively. Patience is an important characteristic to develop for weight
loss. Although it's always best for parents to communicate with their children, don't rule
out the assistance of other important adults.
GO FOR THE GOAL
Setting realistic goals can be quite different for overweight children than it is for overweight
adults because children are at varying places in their growth and development. If you
emphasize the process of healthy living, you can reward your child when he/ she invests time
in doing a certain amount of exercise each week or for staying on her/ his prescribed
nutritional plan. Emphasizing the process will prevent the child from feeling discouraged
during those times when the scale doesn't show weight loss.
RECRUIT ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
Enlisting sibling support, while not always possible, is certainly worth the effort. A sibling
can make a real difference in an overweight child's self-confidence. A parent could have a
conversation with a brother or sister to encourage support. If your overweight child has close
friends, try to enlist their support as well. Friends who are also involved in a health plan can
supply the best kind of peer support.
DESIGN A NUTRITIONAL PLAN
Many effective nutritional plans offer a variety of approaches to healthy eating Weight
Watchers has its own nutrition plan, as do Jenny Craig and other adolescent therapy groups.
Regular family mealtimes and balanced, nutritious meals for losing weight all have to be
incorporated into a healthy plan. When you change your children's eating patterns, you
will undoubtedly need to change your cooking and family eating habits as well. Please
encourage it as this is a great way to get them involved in nutritious eating.
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ORGANIZE AN EXERCISE EFFORT
Regular exercise works best if the whole family is involved, or if your children are involved
in organized sports. Encourage your children to exercise for at least 30 min to 1 hour a day.
You'll need to make a true commitment to building your child's self-esteem, fostering
her/ his school achievement, and inspiring her/ his interests and involvement. Children are
desperate for their parent's reassurance in a world that fiercely rejects them because they
are overweight. Although we would all like to change our society to be more empathic
toward and tolerant of those who are overweight, our first priority is our children's good
health, and that will result in a more accepting world for our children.
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