Do you know what food and what type of lifestyle your children has? Maybe you are saying that you are just satisfying your child’s food whims. But, perhaps you are already pushing your child into becoming obese. Think of the kind of foods you feed your child with. You feed your child pizza, burgers, fries, and loads of soft drinks. After consuming high calorie foods, you and your child do not think of ways of staying healthy. Instead, your child slacks around your house, staying in front of the television and computer for several hours. When you ask him or her favor to do household chores or to just go upstairs, your child becomes too lazy to do anything. All he or she does is eat, sleep, and watch television.
The rate of people who are obese continue to grow nowadays especially with the presence of highly processed foods and fast food products in the market. This alarming growth includes the obesity cases in children. As of the moment, one in every five children in the United States is overweight or obese. In 2010, 18 % of children under the ages six years old to eleven years old were obese. What is worse is that their state of being obese makes them prone to more serious diseases compared to adults suffering obesity.
Obesity in children can be caused by several factors. Obesity can be a result of genetics or other medical complications. It can be caused by eating disorders such as binge eating. Most commonly, judging from the lifestyles of children today, it is because of poor eating habits. Consuming high calorie foods without any physical exercise can lead to being overweight and later obese.
Staying healthy is an important mindset to instill on to someone especially at a very young age. Staying healthy should be a priority. That is why it is better to prevent your child from suffering obesity by starting today even if you think your child’s weight is normal.
First, train your children as early as possible to like fruits and vegetables. Most kids regard vegetables as disgusting food. Be creative when preparing snacks. Instead of pizzas and fries, feed them delicious looking vegetables and fruits. Invite your children to go out to the park and play with their friends. Also, encourage your child to do more activity than just chatting with someone over the internet. Let your child join a sport or any fun activity in your neighborhood. As a parent, it is important to become a model for your child. Engage yourself in physical activity and in a healthy lifestyle so that you will be a good influence to your child. It is better to start early in staying healthy.