Maintaining a healthy body weight is a balancing act. Food and drinks provide energy (calories) and this energy is used by the body – for example, to carry out basic functions and during physical activity. However, if energy intake is greater than energy used – over time, this will result in weight gain.
A positive body image
Children need to be aware that there is more to their body than how it looks.
It is important that children don’t link diet and lifestyle with body weight only but appreciate that healthy choices are necessary for overall health, wellbeing and feeling good.
Remember, behaviour and comments from influential adults in a child’s life (e.g. parents, carers, teachers) are hugely important. Be positive and lead by example.
Children are often rewarded for good behaviour. But, remember, these rewards don’t have to be food or drinks. Try a trip to the park, a new football, a colouring book or a fun family day out.
Check out INDI fact-sheets (www.indi.ie/fact-sheets) for more information on this topic.