X Childhood obesity

How to save your child from the painful consequences of being or becoming overweight like depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts with Quick, Safe & Scientifically proven tricks from Psychology

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  • A little-known but extremely powerful tool that makes overeating impossible
  • The paradoxical practice that leads children to overeat and what to do instead
  • The well-meaning but harmful habit that almost every parent uses that slowly makes your child grow overweight
  • A quick and untapped trick to make your child consume fewer calories

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Scientific research shows that when growing overweight, your child has a significantly increased risk of (scientific references 1-48):

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disorders
  • Low self-esteem
  • Body image disturbance
  • Being bullied (24/7 online)
  • Suicidal thoughts

Physical Health

Not to mention the serious physical health consequences lie premature death, type 2 diabetes, high-blood pressure, high-cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, asthma, premature musculoskeletal disorders and even some cancers [49-68].

Dieting leads to eating disorders

The weird thing is that scientific research shows that children who dieted, were three times more likely to be overweight and 18 times more likely to develop an eating disorder than those who didn’t diet [69, 70]. Many studies found similar patterns [71-76].

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