As scary as it sounds, childhood obesity has increased abundantly.
However, because we know kids don’t come with an instruction manual, we found this article by Marisa Moore from The Balancing Act that has fun, easy tips for parents on how to help and prevent our kids from Obesity..
Nearly one in three American children is either overweight or obese.
At the current rate, experts predict that without intervention this generation of children will have a shorter lifespan than their parents. It is a serious situation. In the short term, overweight children are more at risk for bone and joint problems and often suffer from social and psychological issues like low self-esteem and stigmatization. Long term, overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults and more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes – all risk factors for heart disease.
We could debate why childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years but that won’t do much to reverse the trend. Here are some ways to ward off childhood obesity starting with your own home today.
Be a great role model. For better or worse, parents are the most influential role models in a kid’s life. Fill your plate with plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains and smaller portions of meat to show children that healthy eating is easy, delicious and importantly – the norm.
Allow children to be part of the produce picking process. Kids are more likely to eat the vegetables they select at the supermarket and even from the refrigerator. It’s also fun for them to think that they decided what Mommy and Daddy will eat. Visit www.kidseatright.org for more healthy eating tips and recipes.
Visit a farm. Helping kids see where food comes from gets them excited to try it. (It also works for adults.) Go apple picking at an orchard for a fun and active fall trip. Bring home your harvest to make fresh applesauce or bake a healthy apple crisp with chopped almonds and oats as a topper instead of a calorie-laden crust or streusel.
These are only a few of Marisa Moore’s tip. Click on the link below and finish exploring other options on preventing Childhood obesity… Together We Can Do It!