A new study, led by Solveig Cunningham of Emory University, finds that children who are overweight when they enter kindergarten are four times more likely to be obese or overweight in their teens. While these numbers are staggering, they aren't particularly surprising. Parents of young children are bombarded by statistics on America’s obesity epidemic. While the information can be overwhelming and confusing, the bottom line is that it has never been more important to start our children on the path to a healthy lifestyle as early as possible.
Now, let’s be honest. It is one thing to talk about being healthy, but it is quite another to actually do it. While every parent has visions of being a Supermom or Superdad – hair and snazzyy cape blowing in the breeze – this is just not reality. The sooner you realize you don’t have to be a Superparent to instill healthy habits in your child’s life, the sooner you can let go and enjoy the process. Here are three tips that will give you a shove in the right direction.