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Preventing Child Obesity

Childhood obesity is a frequent topic of concern for parents. Though research continues to analyze the effects, our advice to parents hoping to prevent obesity remains the same:

Promote Healthy Eating Habits

Let your children know that eating calorie rich foods is not bad so long as they do it in moderation. Introduce fruits and vegetables in your kid’s diet as alternatives to treats that are high in sugar or salt. Kids tend to love dipping carrots in lite dressing, for example, and a fruit smoothie can stand in for a milkshake. Busy families can benefit from meal planning to limit trips to the fast food drive through.

Set a Healthy Example

If your child has ever repeated something you said in private (or so you thought), you know that children listen. Stress eating, binge eating, couch potato-ing and negative body image are all habits to break for your own health and that of your children.

Teach Your Kids the Importance of Physical Activity

Sensitizing your kids about the importance of physical activity can be beneficial for their career and health. Recreational activities have been found to decrease blood pressure, strengthen bones, build muscle, promote growth and improve mental health.

Sports and other group activities like dance or swim classes teach teamwork and social skills along with physical skills. Toys like jump ropes, bicycles and backyard jungle gyms give your kids options at home and around your neighborhood. Trips to the playground are less formal than sports, and for that reason may be more appealing.

If you are following these tips and still have concerns about your child’s weight, talk to your pediatrician. Do not put your child on a diet without speaking to a doctor first, because children need a variety of nutrients in order to grow healthy bones, muscles and organ systems. Consulting with a health professional will ensure your child receives the appropriate balance.

Sports and other group activities like dance or swim classes teach teamwork and social skills along with physical skills. Toys like jump ropes, bicycles and backyard jungle gyms give your kids options at home and around your neighborhood. Trips to the playground are less formal than sports, and for that reason may be more appealing. If you are following these tips and still have concerns about your child’s weight, talk to your pediatrician. Do not put your child on an overly restrictive diet, because children need a variety of nutrients in order to grow healthy bones, muscles and organ systems. Consulting with a health professional will ensure your child receives the appropriate balance.

Posted in Blog on October 28th, 2016