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Learn how to get your family's support following weight-loss surgery, and get advice on making healthy living a family affair. 

10 encouraging ways to get your children to exercise

10 encouraging ways to get your children to exercise

Fifty percent of all children with at least one obese parent are also obese, according to statistics provided by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Children learn most of their lifestyle habits from their parents, which means that if parents do not practice healthy nutritional habits or exercise regularly, neither will their children.

At present, approximately 17 percent of all American children between the ages of two and 19 are obese. If you’re a parent who’s already trying to lose weight, you can take numerous steps to include your children and the rest of your family in your journey to becoming healthier.

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Bariatric surgery more successful with a family member

Bariatric surgery more successful with a family member

Patients who undergo weight-loss surgery with a family member are more successful at losing weight and resolving weight-related health complications, according to a study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in June.

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Mr. Hallelujah -- Families in the recovery process

Mr. Hallelujah -- Families in the recovery process

April is alcohol awareness month, and it is useful to recognize there are many similarities between the arduous recovery from alcohol abuse and the post WLS lifestyle. Both are difficult, both are life changing, obviously. However, it is also useful to recognize that excess weight, like alcoholism, is a family disease.

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Helping Your Household Run Smoothly After Weight Loss Surgery

Helping Your Household Run Smoothly After Weight Loss Surgery

You're the caregiver in your family. But when you have surgery, who's going to take care of things?

For most weight loss surgery patients, the biggest issues come with lifting, says Jacqueline Odom, PhD, from the Beaumont Weight Control Center in Royal Oak, MI. For parents or caregivers with infants or small children, this poses a challenge, as do other household tasks like taking out the trash or bringing in groceries.

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Five Tips for Feeding Finicky Kids

Five Tips for Feeding Finicky Kids

You've overhauled your diet, and now you're trying to get your family eating healthier. Of course, it's usually the littlest eaters that put up the biggest resistance. Here are five tips to make mealtimes easier from Molly Morgan, RD, CDN, who is certified in adolescent and pediatric weight management and author of The Skinny Rules (Harlequin Non-fiction, 2011).

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