Parenting

Healthy Weight Management for Children with Autism

Regulate eating habits

Regulate eating habits

In the pursuit of health, maintaining good eating habits is just as important as getting plenty of exercise. For some children with autism, you may be able to educate them on the importance of healthy choices and empower them to begin making these decisions on their own. For other children, whether because of age or severity of symptoms, a caregiver may need to control the child’s diet a little more.

Some physicians have suggested regulating a child’s diet according to a very strict schedule as a means of helping maintain healthy eating. If a caregiver outlines a schedule for snacks and meals and then provides the child with food at these times on a consistent basis, then the child may be less likely to overeat when it comes to meal time. Additionally, regularity may help a child with autism better understand feelings of hunger and fullness which will benefit his or her health in the long run.