Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic in the United States, and Rabbi Shmuley says it's affecting families of all socio-economic classes. He talks about how parents can help their children manage their weight problems and promote a healthy weight and lifestyle.
Rabbi Shmuley says his eldest daughter was overweight until she was about 14, and that it was a source of concern for him and his wife. While he didn't want to undermine his daughter's self-confidence by making her feel unattractive or overweight, Rabbi Shmuley says he also didn't want her to be unhealthy or gain an appearance with which she would ultimately be uncomfortable. "What we did was gently speak to her about eating healthier and exercising without pushing the subject too much," he says. "We were fortunate because she began to inspire herself by becoming exceedingly disciplined."
Ideas to Help Curb Childhood Obesity:
"Childhood obesity is the product of a sedentary generation that watches too much TV and indulges in carefree, unhealthy living. The remedy is to get kids to love the outdoors and to respect their bodies as a temple of the soul."
Published on June 02, 2008