10 Ways Parents Can Prevent Childhood Obesity
In this fast paced day and age, it is extremely easy and convenient to feed your children fast food, chips, candies and high-fructose drinks and stick them in front of a television with the remote in their hands.
Although you mean well, you are potentially harming your loved ones. Have you ever thought that what your children put in their mouths could be the sole reason for their decline in health later on in life?
Obesity in children can lead to adult obesity. It can also lead to early heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, bone problems and even skin conditions in their adolescent years.
The alarming truth is approximately 17% (about 12.5 million) of U.S. youth aged 2-19 years old are considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is tragic and must be treated with urgency.
Childhood obesity can be prevented and cured with early intervention.
Here are 10 tips to help fight childhood obesity:
Whether you expect your child is obese or you are trying to prevent it remember, a child perceives himself/herself through the eyes of the parents. So, be careful. Do not ever let your child feel that you see him/her differently even if they are obese.
If your child is obese explain to them their condition and have an open conversation.
Be a positive example. Set the tone in your household. If you stay active, and eat healthy then your child will follow suit.
Replace junk food with fruits and other fun and healthy options.
Stay active and plan physical activities as a family. Whether it’s bike riding, rock climbing, skating or just a fun family exercise program; do it together.
Keep a food journal for your family’s meal planning.
Regular checkups and doctor visit is important in keeping your child healthy. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help. There are a lot of Dieticians, Nutritionist and Fitness experts that offers programs just for adolescents.
Acknowledge your child’s successes. A High-five and “I’m proud of you” go a long way.
Last but not least. Remain positive through it all!
The approach you use is totally up to you as a parent but remember to make the healthy lifestyle fun and desirable for your kids.
You play the most important role in your child’s life. Do what you can now to preserve their health and secure a bright and healthy future.
Princess Carey is a Nutritionist and Wellness Coach from New Jersey. She is an active member of WEGO Health and The American Nutrition Association. She has been effectively involved in the health and wellness industry for over six years, her experience and continuous education has allowed her to properly inform her audience. Carey is the founder of Well Balanced Beauty, Inc.