Online Class: Childhood Obesity


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  • 15
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  • 4
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Course Description

Are you one of those parents who constantly worry about your child's weight? Are you unsure about the kind of help and support an overweight child needs? Or are you looking for ways to prevent your child from gaining excess weight? Whichever the case, this course will provide the information and support you need.

This course uses a two-sided approach. First, we want to offer help to any parents out there who already have overweight children and want to help them get healthy and slim down safely. We also want this course to serve as a resource for all parents concerned with healthy eating habits, exercise, and everyday issues to prevent childhood obesity.  

For that reason, the first half of this course is geared to those parents currently battling the weight problem with their children (or any child for that matter).   The second half goes through the stages of a child's life, from infancy through adolescence, and gives you information, tips, and instruction to help keep your child healthy and within a normal weight range.   If your child is currently overweight, this part will provide you with ideas for healthy eating habits and activities.

This course will also help you identify what you need to do now and down the road to help your child lose weight and stay healthy. We'll go over the checkpoints you'll pass along the way, and every twist and turn that you may face up ahead.   Not only will this course explain childhood obesity to you, it will help you conquer it with your child. 

Just remember, however, that this course should never replace the expert of advice of a doctor, dietician, or otherwise qualified healthcare professional. The purpose of this course is education and awareness. It's the first step in understanding and conquering the childhood obesity epidemic. With that said, welcome to the course.

Is Your Child's Weight Your Fault?  

You love your child, so naturally you might feel that your child's obesity is your fault.   Take heart that it's not. Obesity can be genetic and most of the time, it is. It can be caused by other disorders that we'll talk about in this course. Unless you are filling your child full of McDonald's and candy bars every meal of the day, seven days a week, you are not to blame for your child's weight issues.  

In fact, it's a good bet that you're reviewing this course now as one of your last resorts.   You've probably already tried putting your child on a diet. And you've probably restricted video games and TV in favor of going outside to play. None of these things worked as well as you wanted probably. If your child lost a few pounds, that was probably all they lost, and they were miserable doing it because they had to eat like a rabbit and give up the things they loved the most.
 
It's not that nothing you do works, and it's not that it's your fault. Childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country. Our modern lifestyles don't leave much room for the amount of exercise we need. Schools are cutting down on the physical education classes, and even school vending machines are stocked with candies and chips for your child to eat. Then, look at the foods you even serve at home, look at the high preservative and sugar content. When we were children, our sweet drinks contained sugar. Now they contain corn syrup.  
 
What You Can Do Now to Help Your Child
 
Now that we've established that it's not your fault and the way we live our lives today have a part to play in it; let's talk about solutions. This course is going to address the topic of childhood obesity and give you some of the help you need. But before we dive in, there are a few more things we need to discuss that you will find to be a huge help with your child.
 
    o   Putting your child on a diet without a doctor's help probably will not work long term. Obesity is a medical condition, and it needs to be treated that way. However, there are some things you can do to help your child lose weight instead of restricting food and forcing activity on your child. These things are listed below.
 
    o   Become a role model for your child. Instead of taking away foods they love and forcing them to go outside and exercise, show them what a healthy lifestyle is by example. You can take walks with your child, do exercises, and even change the way that you eat in order to teach them habits to help them lose weight.
 
    o   Teach your child to eat properly using methods that are supportive, not critical.   We know you love your child and want to help them, but how you do it can make them feel better, or worse. This course will teach you how to support your child, and even encourage them to lose weight.
 
    o   Only have foods in the house that support your child's nutritional plan. This means if your child no longer has access to potato chips and candy, neither do you. Staying healthy is a lifestyle, and it's something the whole family should do together.
 
    o   Determine if food is used as a comfort for your child. Does he or she eat more when they're upset? Also, be careful that your child's weight doesn't become an issue between the two of you. Again, it should be a supportive, encouraging atmosphere.
 
    o   Eat meals together and not in front of the TV. Teach your child proper portion size.
 
    o   Find healthy alternatives to watching TV for hours at a time, or playing on the computer or with video games.
    
    o   Have your child's doctor measure his or her BMI, or Body Mass Index. This will tell you and your doctor how overweight your child is and how much they need to lose. A BMI of 85-95% for their age is overweight. If it's greater than 95%, your child is obese.

What's more, in addition to helping your child succeed in losing weight, you must already recognize that there is an issue. It can be the hardest thing to admit to yourself. Parents tell themselves that the child will grow out of it, they're big boned like their relatives, or that they're just a little pudgy. Obesity is a hard word to swallow, especially when it's your child. However, admitting that your child is overweight and needs help to lose it in order to stay healthy is a big first step in the right direction.

Getting Started on Weight Loss with Your Child
 
Helping and guiding your child to lose weight is one of the biggest journeys you're ever going to take. You are not going to see instant results, and it's not going to be easy. As adults, we know very well that gaining weight is easy, but getting it off is the hard part. It's going to be no different for your child. It is going to require lifestyle changes, diet changes, patience, and encouragement every step of the way.  
 
Listen, there are a lot of people out there who are, not to be harsh, ignorant when it comes to childhood obesity. They tell you to feed your child less, make him or her go outside and play, and they treat your child's weight like something you could control if you really wanted to. People like that are fueled by children's diet books and other resources out there that make it seem that no child would ever be overweight if you just put them on a diet and kept them on it.   
 
Well, those approaches don't usually work well long-term. Instead, helping your child to lose weight is a journey the two of you will take together. This course is to serve as your guide. This course will help you identify your destination, the checkpoints that you'll pass along the way, and every twist and turn that you may face up ahead. Not only will this course explain childhood obesity to you, it will help you conquer it with your child. 

Again, just don't expect the results to happen overnight. If your child has 20 or 50 pounds to lose, sometimes it's healthier to lose it in smaller increments. The last thing you want is to put your child on a crash diet. Plus, you can expect setbacks along the way. That's to be expected. But that's okay. This course is going to help guide you through it all.

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Lesson 1. Introduction

This course is going to address the topic of childhood obesity and give you some of the help you need. But before we delve in, there are a few more things we need to discuss that you will find to be a huge help with your child. 11 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Childhood obesity; Childhood Obesity from the CDC
  • Take Poll: Childhood Obesity Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2. The Childhood Obesity Epidemic

If you take a few minutes to watch children on the playground or observe some of your child's classmates at school, you'll most likely notice at least a few kids who are overweight, if not obese. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: How Parents Can Fight Obesity
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: The Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Lesson 3. Nutrition and Your Child's Health

Whenever anyone talks about losing weight, they talk about eating less food. Perhaps society has conditioned us that way. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Nutrition for Children; Healthy Diner Finder; Nourish Healthy Kids
  • Take Poll: Nutrition
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Nutrition and Your Child's Health

Lesson 4. Physical Activity

Parents say it all the time and it's very close to being the truth. When we were young, we played outside. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Motivating Exercise
  • Take Poll: Physical Activity
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Physical Activity

Lesson 5. Consistency

This and the next lesson in this course are written to help you with this challenge and to try to make it all not so overwhelming for you. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Weight Loss: A Family Affair
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Consistency

Lesson 6. Your Parenting Style and Challenges

In this lesson, we're going to discuss the challenges you may face with your child. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Healthy Weights; Recognizing Obesity
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Your Parenting Style and Challenges

Lesson 7. Getting Your Child Back to Good Health

This lesson will focus on the importance of planning before starting your program. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Let's Move; Setback Worksheet
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Getting Your Child Back to Good Health

Lesson 8. Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year

This lesson will begin to discuss that there are also steps we can take as parents to prevent obesity as our kids are growing. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Pre-pregnancy Weight and Childhood Obesity; Infant Obesity
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year

Lesson 9. The Toddler and Preschool Years

As your baby grows into a toddler, it may become easier to know when your child is hungry or full, so you won't be second guessing yourself nearly as much and wonder if you're overfeeding or not. 9 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Toddler Obesity and Solid Foods; Preventing Toddler Obesity; Diet for Preschool Children
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: The Toddler and Preschool Years

Lesson 10. The School and Adolescent Years

By the time your child reaches five, they are growing in more ways than you can imagine. 8 Total Points
  • Review Article: Preventing Obesity in Children
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: The School and Adolescent Years

Lesson 11. If Problems Arise

In this lesson, we've taken the time to talk about some of the more common problems you may face, as well as solutions. 59 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Tips for Parents; How to Beat Childhood Obesity
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: If Problems Arise
  • Complete: The Final Exam
159
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand what child obesity is and isn't.
  • Describe the childhood obesity epidemic.
  • Describe nutrition and your child's health.
  • Know physical activity.
  • Describe the importance of consistency.
  • Identify your parenting style and challenges.
  • Determine getting your child back to good health.
  • Know pregnancy and your child's first year.
  • Know the toddler and preschool years.
  • Know the school and adolescent years, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Childhood Obesity
Course Number: 7550480
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "The focus on parental encouragement and the handy tips in helping obese children overcome their obstacles was most helpful in the course. Thanks!" -- Alana A.