Obese children are advised to keep a TV and food diary
NICE published more guidelines on childhood obesity advising parents and guardians to monitor what children eat and how much TV they watch each day.
Mindless eating in front of the TV is a common factor in weight gain as being distracted while eating means that the brain cannot register when the stomach is full.
The NICE guidelines also warns families to take responsibility and avoid being in denial with regards to their children's behaviours and food choices. The key is to spend less time watching TV and playing computer games and to keep a close eye on sedentary activities. A diary recording how many hours are being spent watching TV would be extremely useful and so would be a food diary noting down each type of food and drink being consumed during the day.
There is a need to develop positive parenting skills that include understanding food labelling and including exercise in children's daily routines.
At Weightmatters we offer counselling for families on healthy eating and how to improve the family's dynamics around food: http://weightmatters.co.uk/about-us/meet-the-team/anthony-scrafton-systemic-family-therapist/
We have a series of workshops on healthy eating, emotional eating and mindful eating: see our programme http://weightmatters.co.uk/workshops/