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How to Prevent Childhood Obesity

September 3, 2015 by Lane Rogers | Filed under Solutions To Childhood Obesity.

How to Prevent Childhood ObesityThere is a big problem in this country. Childhood obesity is at all time highs. It seems children are gaining weight at such a rate that it puts them at risk for many diseases including diabetes. There are some things parents and caregivers can do to help prevent childhood obesity.
Encourage Healthy Eating
Children are hungry and are going to need to eat. Be sure to provide plenty of healthy options for this. Keep fresh fruits, vegetables, and even whole grain breads and crackers at home. Instead of giving them sugary drinks give them water. Water can be flavored with fruits such as lemons. Treats are okay now and then. Stick to special occasions for the cakes and cookies.
Make Food Healthy
There are some small changes that can make some of their favorite foods healthier. Pizza can be made with a whole wheat crust and reduced fat cheeses. Mash cauliflower can be stuck into macaroni and cheese. There are also a number of low and reduced fat varieties for many things that children like to eat.
Stay Active
Technology is beneficial but it seems that children are playing video games and on the computer more often than they are playing. Limit the amount of time the child is able to play on their devices. Help them get in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. It can be something as simple as going for a walk with them. Encourage them to play outside with other children that live nearby. If a child shows an interest in sports help them sign up for the local team.
Eat Together
Many families eat in front of the tv. This is a bad habit that can lead to overeating. When a person it watching tv they are not paying attention to the feeling of fullness and can easily overeat. When having dinner or even a snack do not eat it in front of the television.
Avoid Labeling Food
When a parent labels foods as good or bad it can make the bad foods seem even more desirable. Talk to the child about developing a healthy diet and why some foods are better for the body. Having an occasional treat will not hurt the body but eating too much of it every day is not good.
Involve the Child
Take the child along when shopping for food and cooking meals. The child will get to understand what foods they like, how to make meals more nutritious and they will even begin to try new and different types of foods. The child will learn about how different foods are good for their health. They will also learn some basic food safety skills as well.
Childhood obesity is a real problem. By following these simples tips parents can help their children develop healthy eating habits at an early age. They will learn what foods the body needs and how to make healthy meals. They will also learn about moderation and how to eat only when they are hungry.

 

By Lane Rogers


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