In the present day scenario with lots of trendy and ready to eat junk foods and snacks readily available in the markets have become a big concern among parents, as most of our kids get easily attracted and crave to eat these stuff which actually leads to Childhood Obesity.
‘Obesity’???? - is actually defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water or a combination of these factors. It is mainly defined as having excess body fat. A person may be overweight from extra muscle, bone, and water or too much fat. Childhood Obesity has rapidly grown over time and doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past few years.
Broadly the cause of childhood obesity is said that when the children tend to eat more than they need, their bodies store the extra calories in fat cells to use for energy later, but if this pattern continues over time without proper physical exercise, then the stored energy would develop into more fat cells and result in obesity.
Nowadays, kids are surrounded by amazing and wonderful hi-tech gadgets like smart phones, computers, television, play stations etc which keeps them busy either watching cartoons, gaming, texting or playing on the computer which hardly takes very little energy to use or burn calories and this also makes it easy to overeat and harder to be active.
And, when children watch television, they often crave for unhealthy high-calorie and eye-catching snacks that they watch on commercials. It is said that infants and young kids are very good at listening to their signals of hunger and fullness. They generally stop eating as soon as their stomach is full. But sometimes, it’s the parents who force them to finish everything on their plate. This forces them to ignore their fullness and eat everything that is served to them.
Overcome childhood obesity: To overcome these above issues, it’s important to reinforce good and healthy lifestyle habits regarding diet and physical activity. Changing your Child’s lifestyle would be one of the most important challenges that will help in overcoming childhood obesity. Eating a balanced diet means consuming the right type and amount of foods and drinks to keep the body healthy.
Hence, we all must follow the best mantra: Be Fit, Be Cool!
As a parent or caretaker, you can take the initiative to do a lot to help your child reach and maintain a healthy weight. Healthy eating and physical activity habits are vital for your child’s well-being. Likewise involve the whole family in building healthy eating and physical activity habits. This would actually benefit everyone and not just single out the child who is overweight.
Healthy Eating For Kids: ü Choosing the right and healthy snacks and drinks for the kids is the prime point but this perhaps would be a challenge too as kids have their own likes and dislikes in taste. ü Do not encourage them in eating super-sized portions. Give them the right amount of calories that they require. ü Stock your pantry and refrigerator with good and fresh healthy foods.
ü Let fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats be the majority of your kid’s diet. ü It’s unrealistic to ban cookies and candy completely, but could be made an occasional treat, and keep serving small portions—no king-size bars or bags. Fun-size treats are perfect. ü Talk to the children about the importance of good nutrition and healthy living. Explain how excess fat and sugar can make them unfit and ultimately sick.
Tips for Healthy Kids:
Healthy & Low-Carb Foods: The low carb, real food based diet involves eating natural, unprocessed foods with low carbohydrate content. Listed below are some of the low carb foods to eat: You should base your diet on these real, unprocessed, low-carb foods.
Foods to Avoid:
Following these would surely get you out with keeping yourself healthy, fit and strong. Together with low fat milk and appropriate portion sizes, modified low-carb diets which are good for kids and isn’t overly restrictive and easy to follow. Come, let’s join together and encourage in spreading this brilliant Childhood Obesity awareness campaign – Be Fit, Be Cool!
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