Keeping Kids From Becoming Overweight Adults

Dear Sara,

I am overweight and my two kids are also overweight. I know that eating out and snacking in front of the TV isn’t good but I don’t have a clear idea of what to do to help myself and the kids to lose weight. What’s a good plan?

Dear Emma,

Apparently, two-thirds of adults and almost a third of children in the United States are overweight. One of the first things you have to do is to be aware of how many calories are in different types of food. Buy a little book with the calorie values or look online and try counting how many are in the food you eat and what is recommended for you to lose weight. Write down how many calories you consume in a day. If you think you can lose weight on 1200-1400 calories a day and there are over 400 calories in a piece of chocolate cake (my favorite) that’s about 1/3 of your total calorie intake. You might want to choose a chocolate rice cake for 60 calories. Count for yourself for a while and then start planning meals for your kids. Eating out is a problem, calorie wise, because you don’t know the calorie content and most fast foods have lots of calories. It tastes good because it’s high fat and lots of sodium. Even salad bars have lots of calories.

Kids want snacks so try to keep things around that aren’t so high in calories. Try popcorn, fruits, and vegetables. Try getting some exercise to use up some of those calories. Walking is good and dancing is fun. Make it a fun time. Good luck.


  1. The problem is how you are using your arms. Use them to push your chubby butts away from the table sooner. Also, cut out sugar, carbs and your habit of grazing/snacking between meals Take a walk every day and try a fit bit to count your steps. It will make a difference.

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