5 Ways To Reduce Childhood Obesity

When it comes to children, it’s better to use the word ‘overweight’ rather than ‘obese’ as children are more sensitive to the stigma of obesity. It is mostly difficult to draw a line between overweight and normal weight among children. Therefore mostly the BMI (Body Mass Index) of the child is taken as a reference to decide upon it. The condition where a child’s (between 2 and 18 years of age) BMI is greater than that of most other children of same age, gender and region is called childhood obesity

Childhood obesity should seldom be neglected as a trivial issue as it induces few of the most serious health disorders in children. Physical/ bodily effects include early diabetes, high blood pressure, cardio vascular problems, higher risks of cancer, eating and sleeping problems etc. are a few to mention. Also the psychological impact of it is highest among kids resulting in boredom, frustration in mind and even depression.

If you have a child or know a child that is struggling with early obesity, or you suspect your child may be at risk for becoming obese, follow these 5 easy tips to lead the child on the path to a healthier, happier and longer life without obesity.

CHILDHOOD OBESITY

Do As You Say

If you’re encouraging the child in your life to make healthy eating choices, then it’s especially important for you as an adult to set the best example that you can for your child and make those same healthy choices yourself.

Cook family dinners that are healthy and contain the right balances of food groups for both you and your child, keeping in mind that your child is watching how you eat and will likely mimic your choices. Don’t ever snack on junk food in front of your child – they will think that it is OK to do the same thing as often as they want, which could easily lead to childhood obesity problems.

There are different approaches through which obesity in children can be minimized. One approach which is recommended is to stop the child from putting on more weight. Also to compensate the already accumulated weight towards the natural growth of the child. Though this approach takes a longer time, it is more favorable to the kid as they won’t start feeling it as a curse or punishment or burden.

Serve Breakfast

Children who eat a healthy, balanced breakfast are more likely to maintain healthy weights than those who either skip breakfast or eat sugary cereals or toaster pastries before heading off to school.

Prepare a breakfast that contains protein (eggs), fruits (any fruit is OK here) and a healthy amount of carbs (whole wheat bread as toast). The breakfast will keep your child full throughout the day while also starting them off on the right foot when it comes to balanced meals for the day.

Start with the basics of fine tuning your child’s food habits. Because it may not be how much is eaten, but what is eaten. Avoid junk, snack and packed café food items like burgers, pizzas etc. Instead go for more nutritious and natural food like green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, egg, fish etc. Make sure it tastes good for your child

Not only children, but even adults should cultivate the habit of drinking lots and lots of water. This not only revitalizes and keeps the energy at high levels but also helps in burning off the excess fat without feeling tired.

Limit Sugary Drinks

The problem is many kids is that they love juices and sodas, but these beverages are loaded with sugars and “liquid calories.” These kinds of drinks can really pack on the calories for a child – a typical juice box contains around 150 calories, and if your child is consuming 3 or 4 of these in a day, those calories can really start to add up on such little bodies!

Encourage your child to drink water, and lots of it! Our bodies are comprised, after all, of 70% water, and in an active child, it’s more important than ever to replace that liquid nutrient. Make water available at all times and encourage your child to drink it frequently throughout the day.

Encourage Exercise

Half of the problem with childhood obesity in America unfortunately seems to stem from the fact that kids these days get off the school bus and come home and plop themselves on the couch in front of the television or their video game consoles. What happened to the good ‘ole days of riding bikes with the other neighborhood kids after school and playing tag in the vacant lot down the street with a group of neighbors?

Your kids health and fitness factors includes good routine along with a minimum amount of regular physical work. Encourage outdoor games and sports instead of video/ computer games. Regular walk or a jog is advisable preferably early in the mornings. They are kids, after all, and they should be encouraged to run around and expend all of that excess energy they so easily store. If there aren’t any other kids in the neighborhood or they are different ages, hop on a bike with your child and go for a ride before dinner.

Demonstrate to Educate

Kids love to help out in the kitchen when they’re allowed to – it’s something new and interesting to them and they get to experiment with different combinations of food to see what they like. So make mealtime fun for your kids while also teaching them the importance of a healthy and balanced diet by letting them help you prepare a meal in the kitchen.

Let your kids get hands-on every step of the way (be careful, of course, around the oven and the stove top) and make sure they understand why you’re doing things like cooking vegetables to go with the steak that’s in the oven, or chopping a salad to pair with the whole wheat pasta dish that’s on the stove. The more you can educate your children on making healthier meal choices, the more likely they will be to make those same choices for themselves in the future.

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I am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog obesitytips4u.com. HowToReduceObesity covers articles on various obesity, Weight loss, Fitness, Diet topics. If you like This post, you can follow howtoreduceobesity on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google PlusI am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog healthadvice4life.com. Healthadvice4life covers articles on various Health and wellness topics. If you like This post, you can follow healthadvice4life on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google Plus

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