How to Get Rid of Belly Fat in Kids

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Say bye-bye to belly fat.
Say bye-bye to belly fat. (Image: need to diet image by Kimberly Reinick from Fotolia.com)

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the incidence of childhood obesity in America has "more than tripled in the past 30 years." More than ever before, we find our children at risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. The good news is that children are a resilient bunch and bounce back from weight gain a lot faster than adults. A few diet, exercise and lifestyle changes will work wonders to improve both your child's health and his self-esteem.

Things You'll Need

  • Healthful food choices
  • Workout clothing
  • Reward charts

Increase physical activity. Kids should get at least 60 minutes of exercise per day. If you find this difficult to do all at once, try splitting the exercise times.

Get out and be active.
Get out and be active. (Image: boy running image by sonya etchison from Fotolia.com)

Think out of the box. Exercise doesn't have to be boring or a chore. Many forms of exercise such as inline skating or swimming are fantastic (and fun) ways to exercise — even if they don't feel like a workout.

Playtime can be exercise too.
Playtime can be exercise too. (Image: Mädchen mit Inline-Skates image by Richard Schramm from Fotolia.com)

Drink at least one of your meals a day. Making a delicious, healthful fruit and vegetable smoothie is the perfect way to introduce daily servings of vitamins and minerals to picky eaters.

Smoothies can satisfy cravings for sweets.
Smoothies can satisfy cravings for sweets. (Image: fruit smoothie image by Shirley Hirst from Fotolia.com)

Cook at least one vegetarian dinner per week. Get children involved in meal planning by taking a trip to the local farmer's market and letting them pick vibrant fruits and vegetables to bring home.

Eat colorful vegetables.
Eat colorful vegetables. (Image: Vegetable casserole and vegetables image by Elzbieta Sekowska from Fotolia.com)

Get the whole family involved. It will be much easier to lose those unwanted pounds when getting fit becomes a family affair. Finding fun family activities that everyone enjoys will bring you closer together and make you healthier.

Work together to reach goals.
Work together to reach goals. (Image: family image by Pavel Losevsky from Fotolia.com)

Set realistic goals and be prepared for setbacks. Reward children for reaching and maintaining goals, but don't punish for setbacks. Remember, losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle is a life-long commitment, pat yourself on the back for getting your child off to a great start.

Congratulate kids on a job well done.
Congratulate kids on a job well done. (Image: two thumbs up image by Stepanov from Fotolia.com)

Tips & Warnings

  • Children are more open to eating or trying new foods if they help prepare them.
  • Give your child an ego boost by complimenting her appearance and praising any progress you notice.
  • Don't cut out treats entirely, but do teach your child the 'everything in moderation' mantra.

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