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Helping Children Lose Weight Without Losing Their Self-Esteem

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Be sure to positively reinforce your family's efforts by acknowledging how well everyone is doing. Try not to be discouraged if you don't see immediate results. It's better for the weight to come off slowly. And avoid being too restrictive. Let your child eat cake at a birthday party. Just make the portion size smaller and add fruit to the plate to give her a boost of fiber and vitamins. The key is to help your child develop habits that she can use for a lifetime, not just until she reaches her goal weight.

Originally published on, August 2007.


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