Obesity is a widespread problem striking all age groups as well as social levels and children too. Severe health concerns such as heart attack, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and strokes result from obesity. Obesity affects a large population of people worldwide. The worrying thing is the rate of obesity in children is rapidly increasing. Obesity in children is being increased because of the sedentary lifestyle in which we live.
It is advisable to prevent obesity in the early childhood period. In this time children are learning to walk and speak copy both unhealthy and healthy of the caregivers and they are acquiring a taste. Although obesity is caused by many factors including genetics they are ways we can do to prevent it in children at a young age.
Avoid Large Servings
Children should be served with a meal which is enough for them to take as large meals contribute to obesity. It is good to give your baby a right portion of healthy homemade food than the restaurant’s food. Support your child to take more organic juices and water than the sugary drinks.
Find a better way to award children for good behavior rather than sweets. Award them with healthier things like taking them to watch sports or take them to watch their favorite movie.
It is important to encourage them to be actively involved in various recreational activities or school. It should be a must for them to begin school activities earlier, activities like swimming and games. You should discourage the habit of them sitting and watching or playing games on the computer all the time. You can allow them some time to play outside, help in-house chore and ride a bicycle with friends.
It is our responsibility as parents to prepare the types of meals for our children. We should ensure we prepare various healthy meals for them that include fruits and more vegetables. We should also provide them with healthy snacks during their snack time.
Practice A Healthy Lifestyle
We as the parents we should lead by an example. Kids tend to learn all their behaviors from their parents. They are fast in copying what their parents do. So if we want to encourage our children to be active and have a healthy diet, we should do the same, as it is easier for them to learn from us.
After all, childhood obesity results from lack or too little physical activities and the calories they acquire from the food we give them. We should start at an early age to prevent childhood obesity.