Dealing With Child Obesity
Parents are responsible for the most part what their children eat. They are the ones who buy food from the supermarket. They decide what the menu is every day and prepare the food on the table. If their kids eat junk foods or drink sodas, parents are the ones who probably got them into liking them in the first place.
School meals or lunches may not be as nutritious, so parents need to serve something really healthy for dinner. This means that they have to cook homemade meals more instead of buying fast food for take out or eating in the restaurant.
What Parents Can Do to Avoid Child Obesity
Child obesity is a growing concern in our society today. With the prevalence of sweets, junk foods and sodas around, many children are reported to consume more of these food items. Parents need to do something. It is indeed their role to keep their children from getting diabetes or becoming obese at an early age. Here are a few suggestions on what you can do, as a parent, to help your children keep fit and healthy.
Make sure your kids get healthy foods to eat
Pack a lunch for your kids. If lunch from the cafeteria is greasy and not healthy for your kids, ask the person-in-charge to give your children more fruits and salads. Otherwise, go the extra mile of preparing packed lunch for your kids.
Plan and cook your dinner menus. It’s understandable that many parents are busy the whole week and often go home tired after work. A good option is to do all the meal preparation on weekends. Package and refrigerate the cooked foods. When dinner time comes, just warm up the foods and serve to your family.
Don’t keep sweets and junk foods at home. If you don’t want your kids to consume these snack items, it is better not to buy them. Instead keep healthy snacks at home like fresh fruits and yogurt. Stop encouraging them to drink soda, instead teach them to drink more pure drinking water.
Don’t grow weary in giving your kids healthy food and beverages. In time, they will get used to these and they will be rewarded with good health.
Encourage your kids to move more
Some kids just don’t like to engage in sports. But there are other simple things they can do to get moving. For example, go on a walk in the park or in the mall. Visit the amusement park or local museum. Go swimming with them. Kids are so engrossed in playing computer games and watching videos that they don’t get moving. If you must, limit their access to the TV, computer, or their mobile gadgets.
By encouraging the kids to become more active, it helps them to become stronger and skilled in certain physical activity. By restraining them from too much play with their gadgets, it also helps them improve their social and communication skills.
Doing these things may not be easy and will take time. But with your patience and hard work, your kids will be healthier and much better persons.
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