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One idea worth considering is to appeal to your child's consideration for others. Nowadays there is a lot of publicity given to world poverty and children are generally responsive to needs of others. Get your child to add up how many dollars you spend monthly on expensive fast food, snacks and fizzy drinks, then consider spending that money on sponsoring a child. If your child feels he is helping to feed or educate another, it may well be incentive needed. If you feel you cannot make such a commitment, why not just have a poverty jar, every time your child eats a piece of fruit instead of a candy bar, put a few cents into jar and then let him/her chose which charity to give it to. But don't make him feel guilty about others, anorexia isn't healthy either!
The next thing to consider is increasing amount of exercise your child takes and cutting number of hours that television is watched. Overweight children find exercise difficult so start by increasing it slowly. Just walking a few hundred yards daily is a start. Your child may try to avoid exercise, but remember he may have been teased at school about being fat and failing to be athletic. As weight is lost, exercise will become easier and confidence increase, then he will become more willing to try new sports.
Finally remember that children need support of whole family if they is going to lose weight. If everyone follows a sensible diet your child is much more likely to succeed.
Advice on health matters should always be confirmed by a doctor and no liability is accepted for action taken.
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