childhood obesity

Help Control Childhood Obesity Naturally

Childhood obesity is an epidemic. 22 million children in the United States under the age of 5 are considered obese. One million children have high blood pressure and heart disease! Families must be dedicated to being healthy and presenting healthy options to their children. Making time to be home with your kids is key to helping them be successful at fighting childhood obesity. When parents cook their own meals with whole, nutritional foods, stock their pantries with snacks that are pre-portioned and healthy, and provide their kids with the support and motivation to lose weight, anything is possible. Change starts in the home with parents and this trickles down to the children. Help your kids become more healthy today!

What are the symptoms of Childhood Obesity?

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Knee Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • High cholesterol
  • Abnormal liver enzymes
  • Asthma
  • Skin conditions
  • Headache
  • Low self-esteem

How can I prevent Childhood Obesity?

  • Diet can help both cause and prevent childhood obesity. Avoid high calorie foods, refined sugars and limit snacking.
  • Try to increase their physical activity in ways that are fun and encourage them to be more physically active on their own.
  • Make a weight loss friendly environment. Stock your pantry and fridge with healthy options in already prepared serving sizes for your kids to snack on.
  • Help them deal with the emotional causes of their over-eating.
  • Talk with your doctor about any genetic predisposition to obesity and health conditions that could cause weight gain. Set up an action plan to defeat these early.
  • Make sure your kids get plenty of sleep!
  • Avoid calorie counting. Instead teach your kids portion control and exercise. Encourage them to only eat a serving size of their foods and then join together to do family exercises like take a walk around the neighborhood.

How do I treat Childhood Obesity?

  • Stop forcing your kids to clean their plate. If your child is pushing food around the plate then chances are they’re done. Take it away, note how much was eaten so you can serve the same amount next time and let it go.
  • Avoid fast food meals. Cook at home with your kids and take advantage of the time to talk with them about why you’re choosing these healthy foods to eat instead of less healthy options.
  • Eat meals together as a family rather than in front of the television. This helps kids recognize the signals from their body that let them know they’re full. TV often distracts from this and leads to grazing which can lead to obesity.
  • Try to cut out foods with high fructose corn syrup and refined sugars. 100%, no sugar added juice is best.
  • Children over the age of two should always drink low-fat milk.
  • Limit TV and computer time. Try establishing a 1 minute sit/ 1 minute up rule. Every minute they spend on their bottoms is a minute that they will spend up doing an activity.
  • Do not put a TV in a child’s bedroom.

 

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