making kids stay at the dinner table until they
hungry, they are likely to grab the first thing
finish their vegetables makes them less interest-
they see. So, if the cabinet if filled with chips,
ed in healthy food. Instead, families should use
pretzels, and sweet treats, there is a high like-
other items as rewards for good behavior, such
lihood the kids will choose those items. Tell-
as books, music downloads, or movies.
ing kids not to eat those things will not work.
3. Be a role model. Giving advice is easy, but youth athletes are much more likely to do what their parents and coaches do, not what they say. The mother of three active children herself, she thinks parents should not only tell their young athletes how to eat healthfully but also show them how to eat healthfully. Similarly, coaches can do this by providing the right options for recovery or by selecting eating establishments after a game that offer healthy choices.
“Parents can help the children be successful by getting trigger or comfort foods out of the house and filling the cabinets with healthy foods and snacks that are ready to eat.” Parents can help the children be successful by getting trigger or comfort foods out of the house and filling the cabinets with healthy foods and snacks that are ready to eat. “This does not mean that children should be deprived of foods they like,” Mangieri explains. “If they really want ice cream, drive to the store and buy a small cone. Feed the craving
4. Make it a family affair. If a child
needs to lose weight, it is not just the child’s concern—it is the family’s concern as well.
6. Power down during mealtimes.
When one child is struggling with weight, sin-
Eating well includes paying attention to what
gling him or her out as having a problem can
you are eating, not your electronics. When
leave them feeling isolated and be detrimental
young athletes are engaged in texting conver-
to self-esteem. Mangieri recommends keeping
sations or watching videos during mealtime, it
the situation positive and focusing on how the
can lead to overeating. It is hard for them to
family can eat better together. Family mem-
pay attention to hunger and satiety cues when
bers should work together to eat healthier
they are engaged with an electronic device.
and become more physically active.
Mangieri recommends that families power down the devices, turn off the television, and
5. Create a healthy environment.
focus on fueling their bodies properly.
Mangieri points out the obvious: you can’t eat what is not in the house. If children or teen-
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