Genetics do indeed play a role in childhood obesity. Understand your child’s body type and links between obesity and genetics, and a healthy weight is possible!
Like all of us, your child is a unique individual with his own collection of DNA. That DNA expresses itself in a wide range of physical, emotional and mental characteristics. While there is definitely a link between genetics and obesity, the reality is that once you understand your child's body type and metabolism, you can work with his body to provide the fuel mix of food on which he is best designed to function. That correct fuel mix makes it much easier for your child to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Does you child:
when he eats meals and snacks that include a higher percentage of protein or does he do better with higher amounts of whole grains and starchy vegetables? Is he someone who enjoys physical activity on his own, or does he prefer a more sedentary lifestyle or activity that is a team or family effort? Is he often hungry between meals or can he go long stretches on a small snack?
All of these characteristics give clues as to whether there is a link between genetics and your child's obesity. Begin to pay attention to how your child feels after eating certain types of food and adjust accordingly to give him the food types that cause him to be satisfied longer, produce increased mental clarity and that have him feeling more easily willing to be physical active. Those are clues that you are working at unraveling the obesity and genetics connection and are setting your child on a pathway towards increased health.
Genetics, or in Kids in Balance language, Body Type, is one of the 7 factors I've determined as most likely to contribute to childhood obesity. Feeding your child in a way that supports his body type and encouraging activity he is more easily suited to, goes a long way to working with the genetics and obesity connection in a positive, life-changing way.
If you'd like more information on the link between obesity and genetics and would like KIB support in how to work with your child's body type, feel free to order Overweight Kids in a Toothpick World. My book fully details the Kids in Balance program and allows you to easily and quickly work at home with your child to reach a healthy, balanced weight.
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