Health

Child obesity prevention: Ideas to Help Children Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Written by Tracey Clayton

Obesity, and especially children obesity, is becoming one of the main health problems in this day and age that can also trigger many other dangerous health issues. In order to secure a proper lifestyle for their kids, parents can do a lot during early childhood years to promote good habits and awareness about importance of treating the body well.

Promote physical activity

No matter how much fascinated they are with TV and video games, children will always enjoy time spent outside where they can play and run. It is important to take this opportunity and explain the kids how good any physical activity actually is so that they do not feel like they are missing something with reduced screen time. When they are in their early years, kids love listening about many different things and learning more about the world and themselves and therefore it would be good to talk about all the benefits of play and physical movement in an exciting manner. If you as a parent seem excited and happy about something, it is very likely that children will adopt that kind of attitude as well.

Change up the daily menus

Eating food that is high in fat and calories can easily be prevented without the child even noticing. Simply add more fruits and vegetables into the daily meals, cut the dairy products and replace high-fat meats with lean meats and fish. With proper tools and quality cooktops, any meal can be made quickly and easily. Sometimes, this is essential if you want to establish a proper diet routine for your kids. If you prepare healthy recipes in a nice and tasty way, kids will still enjoy eating these foods which you can take as an opportunity to explain how these foods are healthy and better for the overall well-being unlike some other foods.

Limit the snacks

Kids love their snacks and it is perfectly normal to offer your child a treat every now and then. Still, unhealthy snacking is one of the leading causes for obesity. Therefore, replace high-calorie sugary snacks with some healthy alternatives such as fresh or dried fruit, nuts, dark chocolate, etc. so that the kids can satisfy their cravings without stuffing themselves with junk food.

 

Promote physical activity

No matter how much fascinated they are with TV and video games, children will always enjoy time spent outside where they can play and run. It is important to take this opportunity and explain the kids how good any physical activity actually is so that they do not feel like they are missing something with reduced screen time. When they are in their early years, kids love listening about many different things and learning more about the world and themselves and therefore it would be good to talk about all the benefits of play and physical movement in an exciting manner. If you as a parent seem excited and happy about something, it is very likely that children will adopt that kind of attitude as well.

Include the environment

If you are worried about your child getting obese, do not be afraid to talk to the teachers at kindergarten or school about this problem. Schools provide a positive social and learning environment and together with parents work in a child’s favor. Also, take the initiative to organize fun parties such as nerf games and various sports parties where you will be able to gather your child’s friends and have them play and run around all day long. Moreover, taking your kid to trampoline centers as well as organizing interesting trampoline parties and gatherings can be a great and engaging way to wake up the love towards physical activity and social contact in your child.

Teach kids about future dangers

There is no need to scare the kids about all the possible problems that can result from obesity but it would be good riddance to mention in everyday talks what kind of issues obese people can face as the years go by. You can use a real or imaginary example of someone you know who had to face not only diseases such as heart problems, diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, etc. but also psychosocial problems that originated in childhood since obesity can make a person withdrawn and insecure around other people. It is important not to make these talks sound like threats but more of a worried observance directed towards people and children who had this kind of fate due to their own health neglect.

Even though it might be difficult to find the time besides all other work parents have to do, it is till necessary to arrange family moments with your kids and provide them with proper guidance so that they can grow from healthy youngsters to healthy adults on their own accord.

About the author

Tracey Clayton

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of